After an exhausting round of media interviews over the past few days, the Denver Broncos finally return to football activities on Wednesday. The Broncos started practice in full pads, but had one last round of press coverage, holding a 90-minute session on the "Cornucopia Majesty" on the Hudson River.
Denver plans on holding their practice sessions outdoors, on the Jets' FieldTurf facility. It's the first Super Bowl to be held outdoors in a cold-weather location, so the team is looking to get prepared for the elements ahead of time. The Broncos are fielding a relatively healthy squad for the game. Running back Knowshon Moreno is expected to be a full go after tweaking his knee in the AFC Championship game, while kicker Matt Prater should be fine after dealing with an illness last week. About the only significant injury is pass rusher Von Miller, who was lost for the year with a torn ACL in the regular season.
The return to real football action is a welcome relief for the players after Peyton Manning had to answer questions about The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire during Wednesday morning's media blitz.