ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With bad weather days seemingly always a threat to the Denver Broncos' high-flying offense, most of the team's faithful across the Front Range have kept a wary eye toward Sunday's forecast.
And predictions say Sunday will be sunny, high of 45 degrees, with winds at 18 mph. Not quite the 22 degrees with 22 mph winds and gusts much higher in New England earlier this season, but also not quite the clear, calm day the Broncos may have hoped to have.
However, when the Broncos finished off Friday's practice in similar condition to what they will see Sunday, head coach John Fox essentially swatted any chatter about the weather.
"Both teams got to deal with it," Fox said. "... Whatever's there we'll deal with it ... Whatever the elements, we'll play in them."
Added receiver Wes Welker: "I don't know if it's going to be windy enough to affect the passing game or not, but you just have to focus in and be ready. I think it will affect the kicking game more than anything if it's windy."
Overall, whether it's questions about the bye week, last season's playoff loss, the weather or bolo ties -- the latter courtersy of a San Diego television crew -- Fox and the Broncos wrapped up their practice week Friday with one overriding message.
That they're simply ready to play. Or as Champ Bailey said, "We'll be ready to go."
The Broncos also closed out the week healthy. Defensive end Derek Wolfe was the only player who was held out of practice this week and the only one officially ruled out for Sunday's divisional round game.
Wolfe has practiced just twice since suffering "seizure-like symptoms" Nov. 29. The Broncos still hope Wolfe can return to the practice field and have an opportunity to play if they advance deep enough into the postseason.