12:41 MST: It’s pretty comfortable weather out there — a great day for the Broncos to finally be back home. It feels like it’s been a while.
The players just got done warming up and most of them are back inside — even Matt Prater and Brett Kern are absent from the field for the moment. I just got back up from the field after getting some shots from the earlier warm-ups. I’ll post those momentarily.
12:58 MST: The team just officially released the inactives for today’s contest:
Champ Bailey, Nic Clemons, Tim Crowder, Calvin Lowry, Marlon McCree, Nate Webster, D.J. Williams and Selvin Young will not play this afternoon.
I’m posting pictures from the field right now.
The Oakland inactives are Ricky Brown, Junius Coston, Jake Grove, Greyson Gunheim, James Marten, Marques Tuiasosopo, Michael Waddell and Javon Walker.
The lineup changes are as follows: Josh Bell starts for Champ Bailey, Roderick Rogers starts for Marlon McCree, Spencer Larsen starts for Nate Webster and Wesley Woodyard starts for D.J. Williams.
For Oakland: Jon Alston starts for Ricky Brown, John Wade starts for Jake Grove and Ronald Curry starts for Chaz Schilens.
1:18 MST: Much of the Broncos offense is on the field, and there’s a big crowd around the end zone — fans with field passes are stacked about three deep all the way around that side of the field. Jay Cutler and Darrell Hackney are tossing passes as the receivers run routes.
1:21 MST: The offensive and defensive lines just ran out along with the secondary. Now here come the linebackers. The team is warming up as the crowd lets out some pretty audible boos as the Raiders head out of the tunnel and huddle up in the far end zone.
1:31 MST: The New York Jets — Denver’s opponent next week — are ahead of the undefeated Tennessee Titans by three touchdowns. I, for one, did not see that coming. Anybody else?
1:49 MST: We’re getting close to game time. As I was writing that, four men wearing parachutes zoomed past the press box and down onto the field. The Red Bull Air Force, if I recall correctly. I think I want to sky dive some time, but I’m not sure if I could handle trying to land smoothly on a football field in front of 70,000 fans.
1:56 MST: The starting defense is being introduced first — they are Ebenezer Ekuban, Dewayne Robertson, Marcus Thomas and Elvis Dumervil on the line, Wesley Woodyard, Spencer Larsen and Jamie Winborn at linebacker, Josh Bell and Dre’ Bly at cornerback and Marquand Manuel and Roderick Rogers at safety.
All right, the we’re almost at game time, so I’ll see you in the first quarter blog.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com