ENGLEWOOD, Colo. There have been plenty of story lines for the season opener ahead between Denver and Oakland. Both teams have gone through a ton of change. The Broncos changed coaches, systems and quarterback while the Raiders completely changed their roster. The biggest story line of them all this week, was the status of Oakland star receiver Antonio Brown.
After being away from the team the past few days amid reports he could be suspended over an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock, Brown has since rejoined the Raiders.
Coach Jon Gruden confirmed Friday that Brown is back at practice and the plan is now for him to play against the Broncos Monday night.
Denver weighed in after practice Friday and said their game-plan hasn't changed.
“It hasn’t affected it at all because number one, the players weren’t here yesterday when everything happened and we’ve just been assuming that he was going to play all along. Obviously that’s the way it looks right now.” said head coach Vic Fangio.
“For me, you can't have a good team and let one player being down or one player being up change your whole gameplan or change what you feel about the game. We always assumed that he was playing and that's just the way we attacked it form the very first day.” Von Miller said.
Safe to say all eyes will be on Oakland Monday Night. The Broncos and the Raiders kick-off the 2019 season at 8:20.