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Denver Broncos practice is cold to prepare for Tennessee

2:53 PM, Dec 5, 2013   |    comments
The Broncos brought out the heaters on the practice field Thursday at Dove Valley. (Credit: Brian Olson, KUSA)
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KUSA - With the outdoor field cleared, the Denver Broncos braved the cold and practiced outside Thursday.

Head coach John Fox was bundled up but said the team had "an outstanding practice" outside in the elements. He added quarterback Peyton Manning had a "tremendous" practice despite it being 4 degrees at the start.

"Our guys do a good job, we've done a good job in the past, and today was no different. We executed very well in the elements today, hopefully that carries over on Sunday," Fox said.

He added the Broncos likley will practice outside Friday and Saturday.

When asked Wednesday about observations that he is not a cold-weather quarterback, Manning said: "That's not how I feel."

One of the adjustments Manning has made during his career is adapting to the cold by wearing gloves, which he said has taken awhile to find a pair that works best.

"I've experimented with them throughout my career even when I was in Indy. I never just quite found a pair that I liked, so I finally found a pair that I liked," Manning said Wednesday during his weekly news conference. "The equipment guys kind of researched and gave me some options. Found a pair that I liked."

The forecast for Sunday's 2:05 p.m. kickoff is 15 degrees with a chance of flurries.

Broncos coordinator Adam Gase said Thursday the offense isn't affected by the cold but rather the wind. He said he has not talked with Manning about playing in the cold.

"It's not something we get into," Gase said. " In windy condition games, I might think in my head we should run the ball more ... but for the most part the cold is not an issue for us in the passing game. When you get wind, that's when it's hard for the passing game."

On the contrary, it was 75 degrees for the Titans' practice Wednesday in Nashville but rainy and in the 50s Thursday. The cold front moves into Tennessee this evening.

"Obviously, this week we've been blessed with beautiful weather out here, so it's going to be a little bit different feel on Sunday," Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said.

The Titans practiced inside Thursday because their fields were wet, but coach Mike Munchak said they will practice outside Friday to start getting ready for Denver.

"Whatever the situation is [Friday] we'll stay outside," Munchak said. "Hopefully it won't be wet but just be cold and windy. ... You have to prepare for whatever you may have, but we'll assume obviously it will be cold [Sunday]."

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