Greetings from INVESCO Field at Mile High, the location of this afternoon’s Week 4 matchup between the Cowboys (2-1) and Broncos (3-0). Keep it here today for the latest sights and sounds from the stadium. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook throughout the game.
This afternoon fans in attendance and those watching from home will notice an abundance of pink throughout the game, as both teams are taking part in the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness Inititaive.
In collaboration with the league-wide campaign, the Broncos have a number of items planned to publicize the national cause during today’s game. Pink breast cancer awareness ribbons have been stenciled onto both sidelines, and the foam supports on both goal posts are pink. A number of players are expected to sport pink wristbands and gloves, and a few are expected to take to the field donning pink cleats. We’ll keep you posted as players head out of the tunnel.
Here’s a look at the gameday weather and traffic for today’s matchup:
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12:02 MDT: At halftime of today’s game, 100 cancer survivors will be honored by the club. Right now, those participants are on the field practicing for the ceremony.
12:15 MDT: Kyle Orton is one of a few Broncos warming up on the field. Positioned at midfield, Orton is loosening up by throwing 15-yard passes.
12:23 MDT: Donning pink gloves, Matt Prater is practicing field goal attempts. He just connected on a 43-yard attempt.
12:25 MDT: Add Brandon Stokley to the list of players wearing pink gloves today. He is out on the field warming up with wide receivers coach Adam Gase.
12:28 MDT: Positioned at the 10-yard line, Brian Dawkins just did a set of push-ups. Now he’s doing an abdominal workout. Like Stokley, Dawkins is sporting pink gloves.
12:37 MDT: Brandon Marshall and Jabar Gaffney are out on the field and both are sporting pink cleats and pink gloves. Add Eddie Royal, David Bruton and Robert Ayers to the group of players wearing pink gloves.
12:42 MDT: Donning pink gloves, Ryan Harris is at midfield, arms extended, practicing his blocking technique.
12:45 MDT: Brett Kern is the first Bronco to make his way onto the field in full uniform. Looks as if Kern and the Broncos will be wearing their orange jerseys for this afternoon’s game.
12:50 MDT: Two players remain on the field for the Broncos. Kern is practicing punts on one side of the field, while D.J. Williams is stretching and running sprints on the other side of the field.
12:57 MDT: Just was given inactives for today’s game. For the Broncos, Alphonso Smith, Spencer Larsen, Ben Hamilton, Chris Baker, Brandon Gorin, Brandon Lloyd, Jarvis Moss and Tom Brandstater are inactive. Brandstater will be the team’s third quarterback.
1:01 MDT: All players have returned to the locker room except for specialists from both squads. Nick Folk just connected on a 52-yard field goal. Meanwhile, Prater, Kern and long snapper Lonie Paxton are working on field goals near the opposite end zone.
1:07 MDT: Here are some pregame photos courtesy of Gray Caldwell:
1:13 MDT: We are about one hour from kickoff and a few more Cowboys have just made their way onto the field to applause from Dallas faithful who have made their way to Denver.
1:19 MDT: Broncos quarterbacks Kyle Orton, Chris Simms and Tom Brandstater have taken to the field in full uniform. A few other offensive players including Peyton Hillis, Kenny McKinley and Eddie Royal are out warming up as well.
1:25 MDT: A number of Broncos and Cowboys come out to the field almost simultaneously from opposite tunnels. A group of position players from both squads are stretching out.
1:28 MDT: Daniel Graham tested out pink gloves during practice this week, and he is sporting a pair of those gloves in pregame workouts as he is working on one-on-one blocking drills with Tony Scheffler, Richard Quinn and tight ends coach Clancy Barone.
1:32 MDT: All the Broncos are out on the field now and they are pumping each other up. After gathering for a team-huddle at the 10-yard line, the squad is in the midst of group stretches.
1:34 MDT: Head Coach Josh McDaniels is out at midfield chatting with an official. Meanwhile, a focused Brian Dawkins is roaming around energizing his teammates.
1:39 MDT: For the Cowboys, wide receivers Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton, and linebacker Bobby Carpenter are just a few Dallas players wearing pink gloves. Linebacker Bradie James is sporting pink cleats. Nearly all of Denver’s secondary has on pink gloves.
1:41 MDT: Linebackers coach Don Martindale is working with his unit. Lined up in the end zone, players are working on dropping back into coverage and snatching interceptions thrown to them by Martindale. After the group huddles to conclude the drill, D.J. Williams hands the ball to a fan lined up near the sideline.
1:45 MDT: Both teams are taking a few pregame snaps on both sides of the ball. A moment ago, Tony Romo threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams. On the opposite end of the field, Orton just launched a 35-yard pass to Marshall.
1:48 MDT: Moments after the Cowboys headed back to their locker room, the Broncos are now making their way off the field to gear up for Sunday’s kickoff.
1:51 MDT: Thunder has made his way onto the field and is trotting from one end zone to the other.
1:56 MDT: According to a press box update, the weather should stay within the 50s throughout the game with partly to mostly cloudy skies.
2:00 MDT: Michael Jenkins will start at right cornerback for the Cowboys.
2:07 MDT: Head Coach Josh McDaniels just made his way back out of the tunnel in preperation for the game. The Cowboys are also out on the field. Meanwhile, Broncos cheerleaders are sporting pink pom poms as they fire up the crowd.
2:08 MDT: The Broncos just made their way out of the tunnel to a roar from the home crowd. Offensive starters are now being announced.
2:11 MDT: The National Anthem just came to a conclusion and they game will be underway shortly. See you in the first half live blog.
– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com