The roof is open, and under God’s midnight blue sky, it’s close to game time … but not for Brandon Stokley, who is among the Broncos’ eight inactive players tonight after missing both days of practice.
Javon Walker, however, is active for the game after missing last Sunday in the midst of his ongoing recuperation from Oct. 19 knee surgery. He is expected to make his first start since Sept. 23.
Denver’s other inactive players include safety Nick Ferguson, who was ruled out yesterday with a knee injury, fullback Mike Bell, offensive lineman Isaac Snell, defensive ends Paul Carrington and Larry Birdine and safety Marviel Underwood.
Darrell Hackney is also inactive but will be in uniform as the emergency No. 3 quarterback.
For Houston, former Broncos tight end Jeb Putzier is among the inactives. Joining him are quarterback Matt Schaub, cornerback Dexter Wynn, linebacker William Kershaw, wide receiver David Anderson, offensive tackles Jordan Black and Brandon Frye and guard Kasey Studdard.
Houston also announced that another former Bronco, Ron Dayne, will not start. Undrafted rookie Darius Walker will take his place.