Broncos announce captains for Week 1 game vs. Raiders

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Quarterback Joe Flacco, outside linebacker Von Miller and kicker Brandon McManus will serve as the Broncos’ captains for Monday’s game against the Raiders.

Head Coach Vic Fangio previously announced the Broncos would not have season-long captains.

“I just think everybody’s got the license to become a leader on the team,” Fangio said Wednesday. “You don’t need to be appointed. I think leadership is something that somebody takes; it’s not granted to them, whether it be by a coaching staff or a vote. You take it. You don’t get proclaimed that.”

Fangio said the game captains would not have patches sewn on their jerseys.

Miller and McManus were both season captains in Denver last year and are two of the longest-tenured Broncos on the current roster.

RAIDERS TO PLAY WITHOUT BROWN

The Raiders’ decision to release wide receiver Antonio Brown created waves across the NFL, but Fangio said he didn’t think it would be a distraction for his team.

“The day it first started, the players weren’t even here so that probably helped a little bit,” Fangio said. “Things like that roll off players’ backs all the time, so they’re ready to go.”

And even though the Raiders won’t have the four-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver when “Monday Night Football” kicks off, the Broncos will still have plenty to worry about.

“We just have to go out there and play their team,” Fangio said. “They have a good team. They’ve made a lot of revisions to their team with a lot of acquisitions from the draft and free agency. It’s going to be a hell of a test out there for us.”

A TRAVEL PLAN

Fangio said practice-squad players will join the rest of the team on this year’s road trips.

“They’re part of the team so I like to bring them,” Fangio said.

Fangio said he thinks Drew Lock, who is on injured reserve, will also travel with the team. The Broncos’ head coach sees at least a small benefit to bringing Lock on the road.

“It’s a crumb here and there,” Fangio said. “Crumbs can add up and make a loaf of bread.”

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