The doors at INVESCO Field at Mile High have officially opened for the 2010 campaign. The Broncos are on the field warming up for their preseason home opener against the Detroit Lions, and a few players came out early to work with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten.
First, Ryan Clady headed to the field to stretch with Tuten. Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas soon followed, running routes and catching passes from the coach. Tim Tebow found the field early to run with Tuten, as well.
Gabe Hiatt is on the field snapping some pregame photos, so we’ll have those to you in a little while. The team will be sporting its orange jerseys for the contest.
6:03 p.m. MDT: Several players have made their way onto the field donning orange jerseys. Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn are tossing passes to a handful of receivers, while returners are fielding kickoffs from Matt Prater and punts from Britton Colquitt.
Speaking of fielding punts from Colquitt, one kick was headed directly toward Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, so the signal caller simply stepped under the ball and fielded it.
6:13 p.m. MDT: The team is gathered in a huddle near the tunnel, jumping up and down as they get hyped before heading to the end zone for stretches. Not surprisingly, Brian Dawkins led the charge from the huddle to the end zone, and the safety is currently head-butting any teammate who comes his way. Both teams are on the field, warming up in opposing end zones.
6:33 p.m. MDT: The Lions have left the field as the Broncos are lining up offense against defense and walking through plays. Kyle Orton just fired a pass deep down the field to Jabar Gaffney. Now the Broncos are leaving the field as Thunder is galloping onto it.
Brandon Stokley, Tim Tebow, Champ Bailey, LenDale White, Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Darcel McBath, Spencer Larsen, D.J. Williams, Chris Kuper, Ryan Clady, Richard Quinn, Demaryius Thomas, Daniel Graham, Elvis Dumervil and Darrell Reid are not expected to play in tonight’s contest.
Perrish Cox will start in Bailey’s place, and Wesley Woodyard will take over for Williams at inside linebacker.
6:51 p.m. MDT: Broncos Stampede marching band is now performing on the field. The National Anthem should follow shortly. See you in the First Half Live Blog.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com