In his three-plus seasons with the Broncos, Brandon Marshall has faced 26 different opposing teams.
The Baltimore Ravens will become the 27th team on Sunday.
While Marshall did not play in the teams’ 2006 contest as a rookie, he knows plenty about the vaunted defensive attack that he and his teammates have been preparing for.
“It’s going to take four quarters,” Marshall said. “They’re a great team that’s used to winning, that’s used to being in difficult games.”
One of the leaders who’s propelled the Ravens to that reputation is Ed Reed. Through six games this season, Reed and the rest of the Baltimore secondary have faced two of the league’s top-10 receivers: Randy Moss (573 yards) and Chad Ochocinco (565 yards).
Marshall has seen enough to know the challenge Reed presents for him and the rest of Denver’s receivers.
“I don’t think you try to attack a guy like that — you try to stay away from a guy like that,” Marshall said. “Ed Reed is very special. He’s probably the best safety in the league. He’s a beast.”
There were two changes to the Broncos’ Injury Report for Week 8 on Friday. After limited participation in Thursday’s practice, Ronald Fields (hamstring) and Brian Dawkins (hamstring) were both full participants in Friday’s practice. Each is listed as probable for Sunday’s game at Baltimore.
On the other side, Ravens LB Tavaras Gooden (head) was moved from limited participation on Thursday to full participation on Friday. He is probable for Sunday’s game. After not participating in Thursday’s practice T Jared Gaither (neck) was a limited participant on Friday. He is listed as questionable.
As the players were walking out to the field, Robert Ayers’ headgear became a casualty of the winter weather. After his helmet was thrown into the snow by his teammates, Ayers left the cleared path and walked with a smile through the two-foot drifts. Continuing to walk in the snow, he fired back at the veterans, throwing a snowball at Wesley Woodyard, before dumping the snow left in his helmet on D.J. Williams.
HALLOWEEN HITS THE PRACTICE FIELD
With Halloween less than 24 hours away, several Broncos traded in their helmets for masks at the start of Friday’s practice. One rookie even traded identities.
For a gallery of all the masks and costumes at Dove Valley on Friday afternoon, click here.
With snow still covering the two grass practice fields, the Broncos were able to clear off their turf field and conduct an outdoor session for the first time since Monday. Here are some photos from the onset of practice.
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com