FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — After putting his team through its final full practice of the season on Friday afternoon, Denver Broncos coach John Fox declared his team ready to go for the Super Bowl.
The Broncos used the indoor field at the New York Jets practice facility for their nearly 90-minute practice after Fox determined that the outdoor synthetic field was too hard.
Yet the regimen came with another twist: Fox used the outdoor field for the 30-minute walkthrough before the practice, allowing for more exposure to the type of wintry elements that could be in play on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.
“I just wanted to see what shape the field was in,” Fox said. “We came back in here, just for the same reason as yesterday. It was a little too hard, so we came back in.”
As was the case after the two previous full practices this week, the Broncos didn’t suffer any injury setbacks.
Of the 53 players on the active roster, defensive tackle Sione Fua was the only non-participant. Fua is nursing a calf injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game.
All other players are probable, and none were limited in Friday’s work.
“I feel good about where we are,” Fox said. “Our guys have worked hard all week, and the preparation’s been good. Excited to play the game.”
The team will have a walk-through session on Saturday at the Super Bowl game site.
Friday’s session — part of which was observed by team owner Pat Bowlen, who stood along the sideline — was spirited.
During team drills pitting the starting offense and defense, and in others with the starters facing scout teams, players cheered, jeered, whooped and hollered, pending the outcome of a given play.
As Fox talked after practice, a handful of players provided background noise as they engaged in post-practice banter in the end zone.
Fox turned and said, “They like each other.”
Such camaraderie might also explain the diversion that came during the walk-through, when a small aircraft flew over the field with a message banner that read: “MEET BRONCOS AARON BREWER TONITE AT TIME SQUARE”
Brewer is Denver’s low-profile, second-year long-snapper.
The plane flew over the field twice, and was reminiscent of a similar stunt that highlighted special teams captain Keith Burns when the franchise last played in a Super Bowl.
“It was a little gag,” Fox said. “They have no more appearances. That was just to gag him a little bit.”
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