It’s late afternoon here at Dove Valley, and the snow keeps pounding the Front Range and Dove Valley along with it.
Over a foot of snow has dropped upon the practice fields out here. The conditions have been and remain so fierce that the snow appears to be blowing horizontally; practicing outside in conditions that prompted a gubernatorial disaster declaration was immediately ruled out, sending the team to the South Suburban Sports Dome about a mile northwest of the building.
Aside from that, it was business as usual.
“If you let (the weather) become an inconvenience, it is,” tight end Stephen Alexander said. “But we have a fairly decent facility that we go to when it’s bad outside. We’re getting great work, we’re full speed, going hard. It’s not like we’ve have to go do a walk through somewhere and try to make do in a locker room or something. We have the space and we’re still going full speed. We’re still getting great reps. We’re not outside, but it’s still positive work for us.”
That left just one concern.
“I’m just worried about having to sleep here at the facility,” safety John Lynch said.
For some here, it’s more than a worry. Coaches and staffers — including yours truly — remain; I’m settling in for an overnight stay here. The players, meanwhile, were able to extricate themselves from the building; their schedule tweaked, moving practice up by two hours to allow them more of a chance to make it home through the conditions.
Said Lynch: “I’ve got a car that doesn’t do so well in the snow.”
He did, however, make it out.
More to come throughout the evening, and much of it has nothing to do with the weather. We caught up with Javon Walker, Stephen Alexander and Javon Walker to find out how all are faring with their injuries; they’re each listed as probable. Their thoughts will come your way over on the main site in the hours to come.