It’s the Super Bowl, so things happen, and they’re always enlarged by the setting.
So Monday afternoon, as news spread that the Denver Broncos’ bus convoy was involved in a chain-reaction accident, it went viral on Twitter.
Turns out, fortunately, that no one was hurt. A motorist accidentally pulled in front of a police vehicle escorting the team from practice before Monday night’s media day activities in San Jose.
All’s well that ends well, Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware said.
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“Everybody was OK. It was just a little fender-bender that we had. I’m just glad everybody is OK,” said Ware, who tweeted out a picture of the holdup caused by the accidents.
So just what happened?
“I was in one of the back buses, so I don’t know exactly what happened,” said Ware.
“It was. You’re thinking about doing media, and the last thing you expect to happen is an accident and having to talk about it,” Wade said. “Just glad nothing really bad happened.”
The inevitable superhero question: Someone asked Ware, if Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton imitates Superman, then who on the Broncos’ defense is Batman?
“I’d probably say I’m Batman because Von (Miller) is Robin, always saving me,” Ware replied.
Ware has taken to mentoring Miller since signing with the Broncos. So it makes sense Miller could be viewed as Ware’s sidekick of sorts.
Pro Bowl pointers: Ware was asked what he thought of Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. Ware told the story of last season’s Pro Bowl, when Ware was asked for the first time to play in a 4-3 scheme. He’s been a pure pass-rusher throughout his NFL career, so Kuechly led him in a crash course on dropping into pass coverage.
Broncos injuries: The Broncos have two significant injuries in starting safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee). Denver coach Gary Kubiak said both are recovering nicely.
“They’re doing great. I think when we go to work full time on Wednesday, I think they’ll both be full participants,” Kubiak said. “They’re doing good, but they didn’t (practice) today.”
Stewart’s sprained knee was considered the more worrisome of the two injuries, but Kubiak indicated they’re about the same now: “I think once we get to Wednesday, they’ll be on even footing and be ready to play.”
Talib: Can’t duck Cam: Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was asked whether there’s any reluctance to take on Newton’s massive, physical running style.
“That’s why we’re athletes; we’re not scared of the consequences. You gotta stop that run,” Talib said.
Someone asked Talib how he’d do on the other side of a microphone at media day.
“If I were a reporter, I’d be the best reporter here,” Talib replied. “I’d be asking me about Cam’s dances.”
And what about the brightly colored pants Newton wore on the flight to Northern California on Sunday?
“It’s a fashion statement, and if anyone can pull it off, Cam can,” Talib said. “It’s saying, ‘I’m trippin!’ and Cam would know what I’m talking about: He can wear whatever he wants and still be swaggy.”
The Broncos come across as a bunch of loose jokesters in the locker room. They take on a different persona on the field.
“We have some interesting discussions on this team. But we grind,” Talib said. “It’s all fun-and-games off the field, but we put in the work.”