ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Some tweaks to the Broncos' Super Bowl week plan are small and under the radar. Others, like the decision to wear white jerseys, are impossible to avoid, but don't stand to have much impact on the actual game beyond a bit of superstition and mojo.
And then there are the moves that are simply about doing the right thing by the people that got you to the Super Bowl.
That, above all, is why players on injured reserve will travel with the team on its charter to San Jose this Sunday, rather than remaining back in Colorado to continue receiving treatment and then flying to the game site later in the week, as was the case two years ago.
"For those IR guys to be able to come, that's great," added cornerback
No one knows that better than Harris, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the divisional-round win over San Diego that year and was on injured reserve. While his teammates flew to Newark. N.J. in advance of Super Bowl 48's week of incessant build-up, Harris was in Denver four extra days, arriving on the following Thursday.
"I wasn't even a part of the team," Harris remembered.
That meant missing Media Day, missing the team charter's heralded arrival at an airport hangar, missing the sight of hordes of fans lining the streets around the Broncos' hotel to give them a warm welcome to their home away from home.
"That was so hard, to not be in any of that, to enjoy that," Harris said. "For those guys to get to enjoy that this time -- I'm happy for them."
"They've been a big part of us. They've been with us," Kubiak said. "One thing I ask guys to do when they're on IR is to stay involved with the team; don't just remove yourself. Guys have done that. It's important."
For the star-crossed Clady, the situation is uniquely painful, because this will now be the second Super Bowl for which he was unavailable because of a season-ending injury.
"It's got to be hard for him, missing two Super Bowls," Harris said. "For him to travel with us on Sunday -- I definitely know it means a lot to him."