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Horse Tracks: Broncos players on the IR will travel with the team to the Super Bowl

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According to's Andrew Mason, the Broncos players on the season-ending injured reserve will travel with the team to Santa Clara and experience the entire Super Bowl week.

This didn't happen back in 2014 when John Fox and the Denver Broncos headed to New York for Super Bowl 48. The players on the injured reserve flew in on Thursday and did not take part in the Super Bowl festivities.

Things will be different this year.

"Everybody's going Sunday. We're all together, and we're going to do this together," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "That's the way we've been all year."

This means safety David Bruton Jr., tackle Ty Sambrailo, defensive back Omar Bolden, tackle Ryan Clady, and rookie tight end Jeff Heuerman will all travel with the team this weekend.

"We’re all in this together. There are guys that we’ve lost through the course of the year. You look at Bru, we lost Ty, now Omar is on IR, our young tight end Heuerman, but they’ve been a big part of us. They’ve been with us. One thing I ask guys to do when they’re on IR is stay involved with the team—don’t just remove yourself. Guys have done that. It’s important.

Players like Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, and Chris Harris Jr., didn't get to enjoy their Super Bowl experience last time, but all three are looking forward to it this time around.

"It’s huge. Just talking to Wolfe and Von, it just means a lot—even more to those guys just being able to play in this game. Being injured and watching it, people don’t understand how it feels to watch the Super Bowl when your team is actually there and you actually contributed the whole season and couldn’t play in it. So to be able to play in this game is huge for us. I like our preparation that we’ve had so far this week."

Harris went on to say that he didn't even feel like part of the team that week.

I'm glad Head Coach Gary Kubiak is doing the right thing this time around. It's the right thing to do and the players appreciate it as well.

Super Bowl 50 field:

This is a pretty sight.

Horse Tracks:

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