Running back Lance Ball suffered a chest injury and is out for the game.
This blog will be updated with any more news on injuries.
A Caleb Hanie interception set the 49ers up inside the red zone, but the Broncos defense stopped running back Anthony Dixon for short gains on first and second down, and then an incomplete pass brought out San Francisco’s field goal unit. Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard made the two tackles on the running plays.
David Akers converted the 33-yard field goal to cut the Broncos lead to 17-10 in the second quarter.
The Broncos made it 17-0 as Peyton Manning and Eric Decker connected on their second touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The drive started in San Francisco territory after Wesley Woodyard recovered a fumble on the 25-yard line. Willis McGahee ran it twice to pick up 12 yards and then Manning hit Brandon Stokley for 7 yards to get down to the 5-yard line. That set up the Manning-to-Decker 5-yard touchdown.
The Broncos then attempted an onside kick and recovered it, but a penalty gave San Francisco possession at the Denver 44-yard line. On the 49ers’ first play of the drive, quarterback Alex Smith hit tight end Vernon Davis for a 44-yard touchdown, making the score 17-7.
Through three drives, Manning is 10-of-12 passing for 122 yards, two touchdowns and a 148.6 rating. Caleb Hanie checks in for him as the Broncos take over the ball.
Denver extended its first-quarter lead to 10-0 with Manning’s first touchdown pass as a Bronco – a 10-yard completion to wideout Eric Decker.
The touchdown drive began on Denver’s 17-yard line, following a San Francisco punt on its first possession. Willis McGahee was hit in the backfield on the offense’s first play for a loss of five, but
Manning got the offense moving with completions of 9 and 8 yards to Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Stokley, respectively. Stokley’s catch was a one-handed grab in the middle of the field that he tipped to himself before gaining possession.
A 38-yard catch-and-run from running back Lance Ball got Denver to the 49ers’ 26-yard line. On the next play, Manning hit McGahee for 14 yards, who then ran for a small gain before Decker’s touchdown.
Manning finished the drive 6-of-6 for 83 yards. It took nine plays and 4:55.
The Broncos opened the game with an eight-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a 53-yard Matt Prater field goal.
Quarterback Peyton Manning opened up the game with an 11-yard completion to tight end Joel Dreessen on the first play from scrimmage. Running back Willis McGahee picked up the next first down with a 12-yard rush.
The biggest gain of the drive — which lasted 3:00 — was a 16-yard completion from Manning to wideout Demaryius Thomas, moving the Broncos into 49er territory.
The captains for the Broncos this afternoon are defensive tackle Justin Bannan, wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Matthew Willis, cornerback Tracy Porter, safety David Bruton and center J.D. Walton.
The 49ers chose heads, won the toss, and chose to defer. The Broncos offense takes the field with the following starters:
On the offensive line, from left to right: Ryan Clady, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Manny Ramirez, and Orlando Franklin. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are the starting wide receivers with Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme as the tight ends. Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback and Willis McGahee is the starting running back.
Following the field goal, the defense comes out on the field. Elvis Dumervil and Derek Wolfe start at the ends with Ty Warren and Justin Bannan in the middle. Wesley Woodyard, Joe Mays, and Von Miller are the starting linebackers. In the secondary, Rahim Moore and Mike Adams are the safeties with Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter at the corners.
Though there are no official inactives for preseason games, the following players are not expected to play in tonight’s game:
For the Broncos — linebacker Keith Brooking, defensive end Jason Hunter, and guard Chris Kuper.
And for the 49ers — running backs LaMichael James, Brandon Jacobs and Jewel Hampton, wide receivers Joe Hastings and Mario Manningham, linebackers Kourtnei Brown and Darius Fleming, and cornerback Chris Culliver.
With the USA Pro Challenge concluding in downtown Denver on Sunday — the same day the Broncos take on the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High — fans are encouraged to allow extra time and follow posted signage in order to arrive at the game without delay.
For planning purposes, Denver Public Works has announced the following impacts on Denver streets:
(Please note all times are approximate)
In preparation for the race finale and Civic Center Park festivities, the following streets will be closed, with most closures remaining in effect until 6 a.m., Monday, Aug. 27 (unless otherwise noted).
Sunday, August 26th
Beginning at 5 a.m.:
Also on Sunday, the closed-circuit course will result in the following closures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Traffic from I-25 will be able to access downtown during the race by using Auraria Parkway, 20th Street or Park Avenue West exits.
Broncos fans accessing Sports Authority Field at Mile High can use the following recommended routes:
Traveling Colfax Avenue from the east
Use Colorado Boulevard to access westbound 8th Avenue and northbound I-25
Traveling Speer Boulevard from the south
Use westbound 8th Avenue
Traveling Broadway from the south
Use northbound I-25 and westbound 8th Avenue
On Friday, Head Coach John Fox announced that defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson has been cleared to play.
Vickerson participated in Thursday’s practice, but was not full-contact. On Friday, he participated fully, but Fox said a decision hasn’t been made on whether the lineman will suit up on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
“We’ll evaluate it and see the flow of the game,” Fox said. “We’ve still got some time before that. We’ll talk, I’m sure, as a staff — the medical people as well as the position coaches and coordinators — and make a decision from there.”
Vickerson’s return came a day after safety Jim Leonhard joined his Broncos teammates for his first practice since suffering a knee injury last December.
Fox said Leonhard looked “good” in his first padded practice on Friday, his third practice of the week.
“I thought he moved around well and we’ll take that slow just like we are with all of our injured players,” Fox said. “When they’re deemed ready to play, we’ll play them.”
On the other hand, another veteran signing, linebacker Keith Brooking, hasn’t practiced since he left the field with a hamstring injury during training camp on Aug. 13.
Asked if it’s tough to evaluate a player without seeing him on the practice field, Fox noted that Brooking — a five-time Pro Bowler — is essentially a known commodity.
“I think it’s obviously a little easier to do that when a guy has got a lot of snaps in the league, a lot of evidence on tape of his playing ability,” Fox said. “Each individual’s situation is different.”
Safety Jim Leonhard continued getting back into the action on Friday, participating in practice. Head Coach John Fox said defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was cleared today for practice and play.
Defensive end Jason Hunter (triceps), guard Chris Kuper (forearm), linebacker Keith Brooking (hamstring) and linebacker Mike Mohamed (hamstring) did not participate.