We’re here at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where it’s a scorching 111 degrees outside according to a graphic on the local news that is playing on a TV here in the press box. Thankfully, the roof is closed, making playing (and writing) conditions much more pleasant.
A couple dozen Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals players are scattered around the field warming up for the last preseason game of 2011, which is just under two hours away.
Quarterbacks Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn and Adam Weber are throwing passes on the field to receivers running routes.
Linebacker Von Miller is taking a quick break from stretching to chat with Tight Ends Coach Clancy Barone.
5:28 p.m. MST: The quarterbacks and wide receivers are still the two main position groups of the field for both teams. Several players and coaches are also taking a quick moment to catch up with friends and acquaintances on the Cardinals.
5:36 p.m. MST: Looks like Broncos will be wearing their away whites as kicker Steven Hauschka comes out dressed in full uniform. The QBs and WRs have gone in now to suit up for the game.
5:47 p.m. MST: Kicker Matt Prater, punter Britton Colquitt and long snapper Lonie Paxton have joined Hauschka on the field, as have the Arizona specialists. The Cardinals will be in their home red tops with white pants.
5:54 p.m. MST: We got the list of players who aren’t expected to play. For the Broncos it’s linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackles Brodrick Bunkley, Marcus Thomas, and Ty Warren as well as wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. All of those guys have sat our practice this week due to injury. For Arizona, it’s quarterback John Skelton, strong safety Adrian Wilson, cornerback Mike Adams and wide receiver DeMarco Sampson.
6:05p.m. MST: Tight ends and wide receivers have come out of the locker room. All five tight ends are in uniform as are all receivers. Eric Decker, Eddie Royal, David Anderson and cornerback Perrish Cox are fielding punts. All other defensive backs just came on the field as did running backs Lance Ball, Brandon Minor and Jeremiah Johnson.
6:10p.m. MST: It appears as if everyone will be dressed for the game as all four quarterbacks just came out in full gear. Orton and Quinn are playing catch with each other as are Weber and Tebow. Broncos TV’s Chris Hall is on the field next to the quarterbacks getting some sweet shots.
6:27 p.m. MST: Both teams went through their line stretching routines and are now in dynamic warmup mode with some Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight” blasting on the stadium speakers, followed up by a little change in genre, “Lose My Mind” by Young Jeezy.
6:31 p.m. MST: Here are some pregame photos taken by the great Eric Lars Bakke.
6:37 p.m. MST: With 28:20 left until kickoff, the Broncos head into the locker room followed four minutes later by the Cardinals.
6:46 p.m. MST: They’ve inflated the giant Cardinal tunnel the players run through as we are under 20 minutes until kickoff. We are getting ready for the start of the game so we’ll see you in the first half blog soon.
Tags: Preseason Week 4