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Denver Post : Broncos hit road with healthy squad
Broncos hit road with healthy squad
Posted: 10/31/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT
All 53 players on the Broncos' active roster participated in practice Friday, marking the second consecutive fully attended practice.
Safety Brian Dawkins and Ronald Fields, who missed a practice or were limited earlier in the week with hamstring injuries, both were full participants Friday and are listed as probable for Sunday's game, as is linebacker Spencer Larsen, who is returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the first six games.
Assuming no player suffers a setback between this morning, when the team leaves for Baltimore, and kickoff Sunday, the Broncos will have no players inactive because of injury for the first time all season. That would mean a couple of more tricky decisions for the coaching staff when selecting which eight players won't dress.
For the Ravens, left tackle Jared Gaither is the only player listed as questionable with a neck injury. He did not practice Thursday but was limited Friday. Should he not play, rookie first-round pick Michael Oher would likely move again from right to left tackle.
"We're going to get ready for him. We're preparing for that situation and looking at all their offensive linemen," coach Josh McDaniels said. "We know they've played several of them here. You've got to be ready for all of them on Sunday."
The Broncos practiced outside Friday for the first time since Monday. The blizzard forced the team into a nearby indoor facility for the two biggest practices of the week Thursday and Friday.
The Broncos field crew cleared the seldom-used artificial turf field for the team to practice on Friday while the two main practice fields sat under more than a foot of snow.
Moving outdoors for the final, chilly practice helped the team get ready for potentially cold weather in Baltimore, as well as gave the team's new punter, Mitch Berger, the space to fully practice kicks.
"Definitely want to work some in the kicking game, outside in the conditions," McDaniels said. "I know that it might be windy with some rain in Baltimore, so we want to get out and work in the cooler temperatures, get out and handle the ball and just do the things that are going to be important on Sunday."
McDaniels also pushed the final practice forward an hour to help the team prepare for an earlier kickoff time on the East Coast.
Marshall keeps it short.
It used to be that Brandon Marshall relished his weekly news conference.
The Broncos star receiver Friday gathered reporters at his locker for about two minutes, and said he wanted to act like a coach.
To Marshall, that meant just talking, and then waiting for questions.
In his brief soliloquy, Marshall praised the Baltimore defense, said the Broncos had a solid week of practice despite the blizzard and said he feels "great."
"We're ready, we're prepared," Marshall said.