The Denver Broncos departed for Tennessee Friday afternoon, which is a day earlier than usual.
Head Coach John Fox said that the extra day in Tennessee allows the team to get adjusted to an earlier kickoff. Sunday’s game kicks off at 11 a.m. MDT, which is three hours before the start time of the earliest Broncos’ home game.
“These guys operate on body clock, and to get that sleep after the time change and getting used to an earlier wake up for an earlier kickoff, I’ve found it to be more beneficial to go a day early,” Fox said Thursday.
Even though the team has an extra day in Tennessee, Fox said that the schedule will be as normal as possible.
“We’ll get into the hotel about 6:15 p.m. tonight, and they’ll have off typically like they do on Friday night,” Fox said. “We will have curfew, and then we’ll do a (normal) Saturday that just happens to be in Nashville instead of Denver.”
But before the Broncos boarded the plane Friday afternoon, they had a morning practice in Dove Valley, where Fox updated the media on the team’s injury report and the players’ game status.
Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), Eddie Royal (groin), Julius Thomas (ankle), Marcus Thomas (groin) and Demaryius Thomas (finger) all did not practice Friday and have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Champ Bailey (hamstring) did not practice but is listed as questionable. D.J. Williams (elbow) and Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) were limited in practice and are also questionable. Brandon Lloyd (groin) fully participated in practice and is probable.
With the lengthy injury list, the Broncos could find themselves in similar situation to last week’s game when several players listed on the first team on the depth chart did not play. But Head Coach John Fox is confident other players can step up if they are called upon just as they did against Cincinnati Sunday when the Broncos pulled out the 24-22 win.
“Hopefully (we can do) the same thing we did last week,” Fox said.
For Tennessee, safety Chris Hope (shoulder) was limited in practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) and defensive end William Hayes (shoulder) participated fully in practice and are questionable. Receiver Kenny Britt (thigh) and running back Chris Johnson (ribs) also participated fully in practice and are probable.
Below are some photos from Friday’s practice.