— Yes, the Broncos have the Weather Channel on the cable at their Dove Valley complex.
And yes, Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels believes the team has done all it can to prepare for the heat and humidity that awaits them in Jacksonville for Sunday's season opener.
"We hydrated all week," McDaniels said today. "I think our guys have done a great job of really trying to pound fluids all week so they're not waiting to get an IV Sunday 20 minutes before kickoff."
The forecast calls for temperatures in the low 90s for the game, which would make it the hottest game even the Jaguars have played in during their franchise's history. McDaniels, team trainers and the coaches have carried the message through the week that it wouldn't be enough to simply drink plenty of fluids when the team arrived in Florida, that the players would have to do that all week.
Some players have carried gallon jugs of water and other drinks from meeting to meeting.
McDaniels has also preached the value of just playing because the weather is one of the things the team cannot control. The Broncos are 0-4 all time in September games in Florida with three of the losses coming since the start of the 1999 season.
On that list is a 7-6 loss in Jacksonville in 2004 to go with a 34-10 loss in Miami in 2005.
"The team that plays the best, I think, will be affected the least," McDaniels said. "The team that struggles early, if that's the case, or makes mental mistakes, you start to kind of allow those things to affect you more. We've just got to focus on trying to do our job early. We'll play all the active players we can," McDaniels said.
The only players to sit out today's practice were right tackle Ryan Harris (ankle) who is not expected to play Sunday and safety Darcel McBath (forearm), who is not expected to play.