4:51 PM MST: The grounds crew at INVESCO Field at Mile High is taking the tarp off the field on what has been a very rainy Saturday. We’re only a couple hours from kickoff now, so stay here for updates. I’m going to go down and grab some pictures with Jake Grilley to give you a little taste of what it looks like on the field. Be back in a few.
5:36 PM MST: All right, back with some pictures.
5:39 PM MST: It’s a little cold on the field — a lot of the players are wearing long sleeves and pants during warm-ups. Tom Nalen was on the field in jeans and a rain jacket, signing a few autographs for fans who gathered in the front row.
5:40 PM MST: Most of the Broncos have left the field for right now. Brandon Marshall is running routes near the sideline, and Brett Kern and Sam Paulescu are practicing holds while Matt Prater kicks field goals from a tee. That’s about it for right now.
5:54 PM MST: The inactives for the game were just released. Boss Bailey, Champ Bailey, Louis Green, Darrell Jackson, Tom Nalen and Ryan Torain won’t dress out for tonight’s game. On the Cowboys side of the ball, Kevin Burnett, Quincy Butler, Marcus Dixon, Tyler Everett, Terence Newman and Anthony Spencer will be inactive.
The starting lineup has a few changes as well. For the Broncos, Eddie Royal starts at WR for Jackson, Casey Wiegmann starts at C for Nalen, Winborn starts at LB for Boss Bailey and Domonique Foxworth starts at CB for Champ Bailey.
Mike Jenkins will start at cornerback in Newman’s place for the Cowboys.
6:01 PM MST: The Broncos will be donning their home blue uniforms tonight. A few players have made their way out to the field in their jerseys including the three quarterbacks, Eddie Royal and Tyrone Poole.
6:07 PM MST: By the way, the Jets-Redskins game is on TV in the press box. I see Favre already scored a touchdown. That story really isn’t going to go away all season, is it? He looks a little weird in a Jets jersey behind center, but not as weird as I thought he would.
6:19 PM MST: The teams are on the field, running individual position drills. A little over a half-hour until kickoff.
6:53 PM MST: Alright, we’re getting close to kickoff. The Broncos cheerleaders just walked onto the sideline, and the game ball is being delivered. Minutes to go…
7:00 PM MST: The offense is being introduced — it’s finally time for football again at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Time for the first quarter blog…check back there in a few minutes!