The forecast for Sunday’s game against Buffalo says game time temperatures will hover just over zero degrees.
While Broncos players agreed the cold weather isn’t going to change how they prepare or gameplan against the Bills, some Broncos are going to prepare for Sunday’s elements differently.
Kenny Peterson, for example, learned early in his NFL career that defensive linemen tout themselves as some of the toughest players on the field — this means wearing long sleeves during cold weather games is frowned upon.
“My rookie year I tried to go out in sleeves and my teammates told me take the sleeves off or your next week of practice will be hell,” he said.
Peterson said he obliged and hasn’t worn sleeves since. The six year pro said he would only wear sleeves to a football game under one condition.
“If I was sitting in the stands — yeah, that is fine,” he said. “But I’m not sitting in the stands, so it’s not OK. It is mental — after a while your arms go numb anyway. You don’t even feel it after that.”
Josh Bell has a slightly different outlook on the prospect of freezing weather on Sunday.
“This is Denver,” Bell said. “After the negative degrees that I saw the other day, which was my first in life, I don’t think anything can surpass that.”
The 177-pound cornerback and Texas native said he will do his best to keep warm against Buffalo.
“I just lean on the vets and the equipment staff,” he said. “I will be wearing some tights, gloves and will try to keep moving.”
Bell was told of Peterson’s and Daniel Graham’s vows to go sleeveless and he offered a quick response.
“Daniel Graham has a lot more body fat than I do,” he said. “I will let him go sleeveless. I will there right by his side.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com
Here are some photos from today’s practice.