6:11 p.m. EST: Good evening from the Cleveland Browns Stadium press box on the shores of Lake Erie as the Broncos prepare to take on the Cleveland Browns.
So far this season you have mostly heard from Gray Caldwell and Adam Zinser in our Live Game Blog, but tonight I am taking over the reigns. Hopefully I can live up to their high standards.
The web team and I have had an enjoyable trip so far in Cleveland. Last night we were able to check out the Cavs – Bulls game. Not sure if you have heard of this player that the Cavs have named LeBron James. I think he might have a good future in the NBA. We were all “WITNESS” to him dropping 41 points.
As most of your know, tonight’s game is being broadcast on the NFL Network. They have their studio set-up right near the Broncos bench and cameras all over the field. Mostly covering every move that Jay Cutler and Brady Quinn make.
Speaking of Quinn, to say that Cleveland is excited about his first start, would be a severe understatement. My guess is Cleveland Browns Stadium will have several #10 jerseys.
7:04 p.m. EST: Here are a few shots from pregame-
7:07 p.m. EST: Inactives are not far away and it looks like both Tony Scheffler and Selvin Young will be in action tonight.
7:24 p.m. EST: I have just been handed the inactives from one of the best PR men in the league, Patrick Smyth:
For the Broncos-
Chad Jackson, Glenn Martinez, Marlon McCree, Champ Bailey, P.J. Pope, D.J. Williams, Josh Shaw and Tim Crowder are inactive.
Also, Wesley Woodyard will start for Williams, Karl Paymah will start for Bailey and Calvin Lowry starts for McCree.
For the Browns-
Travis Daniels, former Bronco Hamza Abdullah, Lawrence Vickers, Beau Bell, Eric Steinbach, Steve Sanders, Martin Rucker and Ken Dorsey is the third quarterback.
As mentioned Quinn will start at QB for Derek Anderson, Seth McKinney will start at LG for Steinbach and Charles Ali will start at FB for Lawrence Vickers.
7:29 p.m. EST: He is 72 years old and hasn’t played in over 40 years, but Jim Brown still has an amazing presence about him.
7:43 p.m. EST: As the Broncos left the field, Brandon Marshall stopped by to visit with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
8:05 p.m. EST: The Broncos have taken the field to a chorus of boos, except for a small section of Broncos fans near their tunnel. The Browns are about ready to be announced … and no surprise, the loudest cheer came for Quinn.
8:12 p.m. EST: Browns kicker Phil Dawson’s wife — Shannon — sang the National Anthem.
8:05 p.m. EST: Coin toss time… The Broncos call “tails” and win the toss and will receive.