We’re getting closer to the return of football.
Among the signs that the 2016 season is about to begin is the release of the first lists of inactive players in a meaningful game since the Broncos and Panthers played in Santa Clara in February. The same two teams will be squaring off on NBC shortly and none of the players on the lists comes as a surprise.
Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler was ruled out with a fractured elbow on Wednesday and recently signed No. 3 quarterback Austin Davis is inactive. They are joined by offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo, tight end Jeff Heuerman, defensive back Lorenzo Doss, offensive lineman Connor McGovern and defensive lineman Kyle Peko.
Running back Cameron Artis-Payne, wide receiver Brenton Bersin, wide receiver Damiere Byrd, safety Dean Marlowe, linebacker Jared Norris, offensive lineman Tyler Larsen and defensive end Lavar Edwards are out for the Panthers.