The Broncos are less than two hours from their nationally televised preseason showdown against Pittsburgh. Many players have taken the field in shorts and t-shirts as they prepare to close out the preseason slate at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
In the last several hours, players including Champ Bailey, Brandon Stokley, Ryan Clady and Knowshon Moreno have gone through light workouts with Broncos strength and conditioning staffers.
The stands are beginning to fill up with fans, and Gray Caldwell is currently down on the field snapping pictures of the pregame action to be added in this space soon.
4:20 p.m. MDT A pair of quarterbacks have spent time out warming up so far. Kyle Orton went through some light tossing and finished with a few deep balls to operations staffers before heading back into the locker room. Tim Tebow has been out tossing passes to Britt Davis for 15 minutes or so. Tebow, who did not play in last weekend’s preseason game against the Lions due to injury, warmed up and then sent his wide out through a series of routes.
4:41 p.m. MDT: Most of the Broncos have returned to their locker room, leaving the field for the visitors. One Bronco still warming up is Eddie Royal, who is catching short passes from wide receivers coach Adam Gase.
4:46 p.m. MDT: The first Broncos in full uniform — the specialists — have taken the field. Matt Prater is hitting some short field goals right now. The Broncos are in their blue jerseys tonight. The Steelers will wear white.
5:05 p.m. MDT: Tim Tebow is out on the field warming up in full uniform with the other quarterbacks.
5:10 p.m. MDT: The returners are out fielding punts from Britton Colquitt. A newcomer to the seven-man group is Eric Decker.
5:12 p.m. MDT: More skill position players have taken the field. The running back group features a new addition — LenDale White. White returned to the practice field this week after missing the first two preseason contests due to injury. Fullback Spencer Larsen is also in uniform for the first time this preseason.
5:16 p.m. MDT: The rest of the Broncos just emerged from the tunnel and the team just got fired up in a brief huddle. They’re going through stretching now.
5:25 p.m. MDT: The list of Broncos not expected to play tonight includes Brandon Stokley, Champ Bailey, Tony Carter, Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Darcel McBath, Ryan Clady, Demaryius Thomas, Daniel Graham, Elvis Dumervil and Darrell Reid.
Zane Beadles will start at left tackle. Stanley Daniels will start at left guard. Russ Hochstein will be at right guard for Chris Kuper. Riar Geer starts at tight end for Graham and White will start at running back for Moreno.
5:27 p.m. MDT Here are some photos from tonight’s pregame warmups:
5:31 p.m. MDT Another Bronco suiting up for the first time this preseason is linebacker D.J. Williams. He’s warming up with the defense right now.
5:38 p.m. MDT Both teams have gone back to their locker rooms for final preparations. They’ll be back in a few minutes to get things started.
5:48 p.m. MDT The Thunderstorm Jumpers just touched down on INVESCO Field — five-for-five on successful landings.
5:55 p.m. MDT The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are lining the tunnel to the field. The Steelers are already on the field. The home team isn’t far behind.
5:58 p.m. MDT The Broncos offense is being introduced. The national anthem is next.
Keep following tonight’s contest on the forthcoming First Half Blog.
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com