Even with sunny skies on a warm Arizona afternoon, the roof is closed at University of Phoenix Stadium with the Broncos preparing to play the Cardinals in a Week 14 showdown. Today will mark Interim Head Coach Eric Studesville’s head coaching debut.
Both teams enter the contest at 3-9, hoping for a momentum boost down the stretch. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. MST.
11:59 a.m. MST: The Broncos have recently released a statement on Perrish Cox’s availability today. The cornerback will play but not start against the Cardinals. The full statement is available here.
12:19 p.m. MST: The receivers are taking their turn doing pregame warmups right now. Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney are tossing passes to each other, while nearby Eddie Royal completes his normal pregame routine with Wide Receivers Coach Adam Gase. Tim Tebow has just taken the field to begin his warmup regimen.
12:34 p.m. MST: Broncos Secondary Coach Ed Donatell just greeted Cardinals kicker Jay Feely for a handshake and a few words near midfield. Donatell and Feely were together with the Falcons in 2004.
12:43 p.m. MST: Cardinals quarterbacks John Skelton and Richard Bartel are tossing passes to several wide receivers and defensive backs, including Larry Fitzgerald. Skelton will be the starter today, Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt said this week. Bartel was signed this week after a stint in the UFL. Starter Derek Anderson did not practice this week with a head injury.
12:44 p.m. MST: Most of the Broncos have retreated to the locker room as the Cardinals continue their passing warmups on one end and Feely — the only player out in uniform — boots field goals at the other end. The lone Denver players left on the field are Robert Ayers and Royal, who is chatting with Fitzgerald.
12:52 p.m. MST: Britton Colquitt gets the honor as the first Bronco out of the tunnel in full uniform. The team is in their traditional road whites. He’ll likely be joined by newly signed Steven Hauschka and longsnapper Lonnie Paxton soon.
12:56 p.m. MST: The Broncos have released their inactives for today’s game. The list includes Matt Prater, Brian Dawkins, Laurence Maroney, Darcel McBath, Spencer Larsen, Eric Olsen and Demaryius Thomas. Brady Quinn is the third quarterback. McBath (ankle, quadricep) had practiced on a limited basis this week and was questionable coming in, but he will not play today.
1:02 p.m. MST: The Cardinals have released their list of inactives. The list includes quarterback Derek Anderson, wide receiver Max Komar, cornerback A.J. Jefferson, strong safety Hamza Abdullah, cornerback Marshay Green, linebacker Gerald Hayes, center Ben Claxton and defensive tackle Gabe Watson.
1:11 p.m. MST: Hauschka is going through his warmup, getting ready for his first game as a Bronco. Under the watchful eye of Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer, he’s trying field goals from all over the field.
1:17 p.m. MST: The first wave of Broncos returners has taken the field in uniform. Perrish Cox, Eric Decker, Cassius Vaughn and Lance Ball are fielding kickoffs from Hauschka, while Eddie Royal takes punts from Colquitt.
1:24 p.m. MST: The quarterbacks have taken the field as well with the other skill position players not far behind. There’s a decent amount of orange and blue in the crowd, bringing a good cheer upon the players’ arrival.
1:30 p.m. MST: Below are some pregame photos courtesy of Gray Caldwell:
1:33 p.m. MST: Both squads have taken the field and are going through stretching right now.
1:48 p.m. MST: The Broncos are headed back to their locker room. We’re about 25 minutes away from kickoff here at University of Phoenix Stadium.
2:05 p.m. MST: Both teams are back on the field and University of Phoenix Stadium is slowly but surely filling up as game time closes in. After the national anthem, we’ll have the coin toss and the opening kickoff. Continue to follow the game along with DenverBroncos.com in the first half blog.