Sleepless in London

Unlike the San Francisco 49ers, who flew to London earlier this week, the Denver Broncos opted to practice at home for three days before heading out to London on Thursday.

It is going to be a short, crammed trip and the key, according to Denver coach Josh McDaniels, is for the team to sleep as much as possible in the eight-hour flight to London. Once the Broncos’ land in London, they’ll be in work mode despite losing a lot of time while in the air.

“We’re telling them to sleep on the plane as much as possible and we’re going to try to aid that in any way that we can,” McDaniels said. “Once we’re there, we’re trying to treat it like a normal Friday. We’re not going to have them sleeping until noon or 1 p.m. -- that would be probably the worst thing we can do to try to get acclimated for Sunday. Once we’re there, there’s no time (to sleep), there’s no choice. We’re going to go meet and go walk-through and then come back and then we have a curfew (Friday) night.”

McDaniels said five injured players will not accompany the team to London and they will stay in Denver to rehabilitate. The players are cornerback Perrish Cox, defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson, safety Darcel McBath, linebacker Robert Ayers and linebacker Wesley Woodyard. None of these decisions were surprises.

Meanwhile, legendary Broncos quarterback John Elway will serve as an honorary captain and be with the team during the coin flip. Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice will accompany the 49ers.