DENVER — As if trying to put an early end to the Broncos’ preseason pain, the rain poured down just as the fourth quarter got underway.
Now, can the football heavens do something about this Broncos injury report?
Several key players didn’t participate in the Broncos’ 27-26 preseason win against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field on Saturday. Robert Ayers, Champ Bailey, Derek Wolfe and Wes Welker didn’t play due to injury.
Fortunately, the Broncos appeared to escape preseason game No. 3 without further significant injuries. Wide receiver Eric Decker received medical attention on the sideline but soon returned to the field.
Denver improved to 2-1 this preseason.
More coverage coming on Gazette.com later tonight.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 20, Rams 20 — 7:00 left in fourth quarter
-This kid keeps popping up in front of the press box. I like his style. Bright future.
-Bad interception by Brock Osweiler. Worse route by Trindon Holliday.
-Matt Prater saves the day, kind of, for the Broncos special teams with a 54-yard field goal.
-Demaryius Thomas has his arm around a trainer. DT’s not worried.
-According to the wise guys in Las Vegas, the Broncos are the prohibitive favorites to win the Super Bowl. After this offseason/preseason, are you buying that ticket?
Back in a few. Column to write.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — Rams 20, Broncos 10 — Halftime
-Wesley Woodyard led the Broncos with six tackles and one sack. As good as he was last season, the Broncos need him to be better on this shaky defense.
-Broncos offense: 290 total yards. Impressive.
-Broncos offense: two (more) turnovers. Not impressive.
-Why you should have faith this crummy preseason is simply an aberration: After all that’s happened, Las Vegas still considers the Broncos to be the prohibitive Super Bowl favorite.
-Why you should be losing faith: Outside of Peyton Manning’s offense, the Broncos have stunk.
Back in a few.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — Rams 17, Broncos 10 — 5:05 left in the first quarter
-So, how’s that running back situation working out?
-You can’t trust Montee Ball, because he’ll get Peyton’s head taken off. You can’t trust Ronnie Hillman, who has two fumbles this preseason… returned for touchdowns. You can’t trust… oh, nevermind.
-On consecutive series, Hillman fumbled, then Ball dropped an easy catch. Is anyone else seeing this?
-Here’s something to consider: Did John Elway play so long without a quality running back that he can’t recognize one in the draft?
-John Fox will be asked, again, why he elected to play Von Miller in a preseason game, when Miller won’t play until October. Personally, I don’t mind it. He’s your 1B best player, and he’s not suspended yet. Play him.
-Poor Trindon. Nobody will kick to him.
-The storm is coming. The storm is coming. The storm is coming.
-Duke Ihenacho could’ve been called for defensive pass interference on Bradford’s pass attempt in the end zone.
-Bubba Caldwell could’ve been called for offensive pass interference on the long reception from Manning.
-After one quarter, Peyton Manning was on pace for 80 pass attempts in tonight’s game.
Back in a few.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 7, Rams 7 — 2:13 left in the first quarter
-Good news: Peyton Manning’s offense, coordinated by Adam Gase, should get a speeding ticket. This is the fastest we’ve seen it move this preseason.
-Bad news: the Broncos’ special teams are ugly, again, just as bad as they were in Seattle, and we’re not through the first quarter. Bad business, considering the monies the Broncos have dedicated to the special teams.
-The throw from Manning to Thomas for the touchdown wasn’t an easy one.
-Mitch Unrein, the pride of Eaton, with the sack of Sam Bradford. You might remember Unrein as the former high school wrestler whose record was 5-26.
-Eric Decker is shaken up and getting the attention of the Broncos medical staff on the sideline. NFL preseason… embrace it!
-There’s a big storm coming this way from the south.
-David Ramsey isn’t stuck in traffic anymore. He’s here now.
Back in a few.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — St. Louis Rams at Broncos — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — Kickoff
-Broncos won the coin toss and elected to receive.
-There’s a first: A Sylvester Williams jersey in the crowd.
-Torry Holt is not playing for the Rams.
-Better pregame music in Seattle.
-Better scoreboard in Denver.
-The rain stopped.
-Rebekah Glad sang the national anthem.
Sports Authority Field is 70 percent full.
-David Ramsey is stuck in traffic.
Back in a few.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — St. Louis Rams at Broncos — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 15 minutes until kickoff (6 p.m.)
-Crowd is slowly… making… its… way… in. Only about 30 percent full right now.
-Out tonight: Robert Ayers, Champ Bailey, Derek Wolfe, Wes Welker. These we know. More to come.
-Klee’s first time back at Mile High since…. well, you know. At least we can feel our fingers.
-Good conversation with Nuggets GM Tim Connelly last night. Look for a Nuggets update/column next week in The Gazette. Connelly is high on Wilson Chandler’s prospects for this season. Declined to comment on Ty Lawson’s legal situation “until the appropriate time.” Also said he envisions the Faried/Hickson tandem wearing down opposing big men.
The Nuggets open practice Sept. 30.
-The parachutists are soaring into Sports Authority Field… in the rain. And with lightning in the distance.
Back for the kickoff.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — St. Louis Rams at Broncos — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 40 minutes until kickoff (6 p.m.)
-So, the opener against the Ravens. Here’s a riddle: One Bronco can’t wait for it to arrive, to deflect the spotlight. Another Broncos can wait for it to arrive, because he’ll be in the spotlight, for the wrong reason. Name ‘em (answer below).
-Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will play tonight. That’s one to watch. Broncos can’t afford to lose another defensive back.
-Champ Bailey won’t play tonight. And I’ll say, it was a strange, strange sight to see the veteran in a walking boot and on crutches.
-Lightning show to the south appears to be headed east. From the press box, we can’t see what’s coming from the west.
-Riddle answer: Von Miller… Rahim Moore.
-Big props to the Broncos PR staff, by the way. Throughout the Von Miller saga, the Broncos have encouraged the linebacker to talk with media and not hide from the story. Again today, Miller talked with tonight’s broadcast team.
-Here’s my column today on Derek Wolfe: Some of the reasons we love football are way football should be feared.
Back in a few.
Broncos Gameday Live Report — St. Louis Rams at Broncos — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 1 hour until kickoff (6 p.m.)
Evening everyone. Paul Klee joining you from here at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the Broncos Gameday Live Report, preseason edition. We’ll keep this going throught the final horn with updates and observations from the stadium. Let’s get started…
-As you can see above, there was a tarp on the field roughly 2 1/2 hours before kickoff. The tarp has been replaced by players, who are going through their pre-pre-warmups.
-Dark skies all around Mile High — south, east, west, north. We’ll keep an eye on the weather. There’s a serious lightning show to the southeast. Looks like the Aurora/Parker area.
-Britton Colquitt, the $4-million punter with one of the best job in sports, is punting footballs high into the dark sky.
-Von Miller will start at linebacker for the Broncos tonight. And that will be the last you see of Von Miller on a football field until Week 7. Doubt he plays in game four of the preseason.
-Peyton Manning is on the field. What do you think, three quarters of play for No. 18? That’s my assumption.
-And some coverage notes….
-Venerable Gazette columnist David Ramsey will grace us here tonight. You can follow Ramsey on Twitter. We also have a photographer on hand. And you can follow Klee on Twitter for updates from the game.
Back in a few.