Peyton Manning will start his third year with the Denver Broncos against the team that knocked him out of the Super Bowl six months earlier.
He'll have less than 15 minutes to make an impression.
"Probably no more than first quarter," Broncos coach John Fox said, when asked how much the starting offense and defense will play against Seattle on Thursday for the Broncos preseason opener. "We will just have to see how it goes on both sides of the ball. That's pretty typical of the first preseason game, just no more than the first quarter."
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who sat out Tuesday's practice with a strained quad, is questionable to make his Broncos preseason debut on Thursday.
"I don't know that yet. Those are game-time decisions," said Fox. "We still have a little time before that. He did not participate today so we will see what tomorrow brings."
Wednesday's practice/walkthrough is closed to the media. The next we'll see the Broncos is hours before kickoff on Thursday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos' preseason opener is set for Thursday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m. Mile High time.
"I think every year no matter what team you are playing, you get tired of banging around each other for 14 days," said Fox. "I think everybody is excited and I think they will be too. I believe you use this for preseason because you haven't hit anybody since the end of the season. I think it will be fun. Everyone is excited and I know I am."