The Broncos’ list of injuries this year is lamentably lengthy.
But the mascot is not among them.
Contrary the utterances of Sunday Night Football announcers Al Michaels and John Madden, Thunder, the purebred Arabian stallion whose presence celebrates each Broncos touchdown, is not going on injured reserve — or the equine version thereof.
He merely left the field Sunday at the two-minute warning, as is customary for the horse.
This is his third year as Thunder, and makes this stallion the second to handle the mascot duties; a previous Thunder galloped about Mile High Stadium and INVESCO Field from 1993-2003 before retiring — in a manner of speaking — in a ceremony held in the 2004 regular-season opener.