Standing inside the Broncos' locker room, with an Ace bandage big enough to mummify Eddie Royal wrapped around his left hand, guard Chris Kuper insists he doesn't know what the big deal is. His team has a game Sunday, so the guard is playing.
"There was this scrawny little kid at quarterback, and, anyway, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to him until the first game. He returned a couple of kicks for touchdowns, played every down and threw a bunch of touchdown passes, and we were ahead 60-something to nothing, and I turned to somebody and said: 'Oh, my gosh. Jay Cutler is going to be something very special.' "
Another day preparing for what could be the Broncos' biggest game in two years. Another practice working in Tyler Polumbus and Kory Lichtensteiger with the Broncos' first-string offensive line.
The weather is supposed to be frigid Sunday, with a forecast high of 13 degrees and overcast skies, but Pittsburgh native Brandon Marshall isn't wasting any time worrying about it.
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There are things the Broncos know. They know the Buffalo Bills are among the league's top three in almost every major special-teams category.
Barring a late setback, Champ Bailey finally might be ready to return to the Broncos lineup after a seven-game absence because of a severe groin injury.
The Denver Broncos are ignoring San Diego, coach Mike Shanahan forbidding his players from watching the contest on television in the locker room.
Daniel Graham is shedding his reputation, along with tacklers. Known as a great blocking tight end, the Denver Broncos seventh-year pro is becoming one of quarterback Jay Cutler's most reliable targets, a 257-pound hulk who's tough to corral after the catch.
With temperatures expected to plummet into the single digits Sunday in Denver against the Buffalo Bills, Broncos tight end Daniel Graham has already pledged to go sleeveless