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Denver Broncos coach John Fox will return to work Monday and be ready to coach the team's Week 14 game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Thursday.

Fox suffered a spell of dizziness on a golf course in Charlotte and then had heart valve replacement surgery on Nov. 4.

It's not known whether Fox will coach from the booth or the sideline, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

"John Fox has been cleared by doctors to return as head coach of the Denver Broncos beginning Monday," the team said in a statement. "We are very pleased that his recovery from a heart procedure on Nov. 4 has progressed so well."

Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has been the interim head coach while Fox has been out.

---The NFL will play three international games next year in London, and those regular-season dates were announced by the league on Thursday.

The first game will be played in Week 4 on Sept. 28, with the Oakland Raiders facing the Miami Dolphins to kick off the schedule at Wembley Stadium.

In Week 8, the Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions on Oct. 26. The final London game will be in Week 10 when the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 9.

---Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston could miss the next two to three weeks with a dislocated right elbow, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

NFL.com reported Houston won't need surgery to repair the injury. Houston was injured in the first half of last Sunday's 41-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers. An MRI revealed sprained ligaments and torn muscles in the elbow.

---The Indianapolis Colts signed tight end Martell Webb to the practice squad, the team announced Thursday.

Webb was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011 and was released on Aug. 29. He then spent time with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and most recently, the Detroit Lions. Webb was signed to the Colts' practice squad on Nov. 13, 2012 and was released on Dec. 4.

---The Dallas Cowboys wore their blue jerseys at home against the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving for the first time since they called their home the Cotton Bowl.

The Cowboys, in recent years, have sported throwback uniforms on Thanksgiving, with white helmets and white-and-blue jerseys.

An NFL rule requires teams to use only one helmet all year because of the league's enhanced awareness on concussions, so the Cowboys opted to pair their silver helmets with their standard blue jerseys.

---Green Bay Packers starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith left Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions with a knee injury in the second quarter.

It was the second time in less than a month that Dietrich-Smith left a game because of a knee injury. Dietrich-Smith also was sidelined during a Nov. 10 game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a knee injury.

---New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has missed the last two days practice sessions because of a lingering hip problem and his status could be a game-time decision against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Cromartie exited last Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a hip injury that has been bothering him in recent weeks. Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Cromartie could be a game-time decision.

Also absent for the Jets on Thursday were receiver Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring) and tight end Kellen Winslow (knee). Both practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.

---Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno returned to practice on Thursday after being held out the previous day.

Moreno participated on a limited basis and said his injured right foot felt good. He's expected to practice again on Friday as the Broncos prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Moreno was hurt during overtime of last Sunday's 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots. He finished the game with 224 yards rushing on 37 carries.

Quarterback Peyton Manning (right ankle) and tight end Joel Dreessen (left knee) participated fully in Thursday's practice after sitting out on Wednesday. Also practicing were tight end Julius Thomas (right knee) and cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (shoulder), Champ Bailey (left foot) and Omar Bolden (concussion).

---The San Diego Chargers-Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday in San Diego will be blacked out in the southern California televison market after the home team failed to sell enough tickets.

The local blackout, which comes in Week 13, is the first in the NFL this season.

The Chargers did not sell the minimum number of tickets, per NFL policy, within 72 hours of kickoff. The team did not request a 24-hour extension because there were more than 5,300 tickets available.
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