Broncos Team Bus Involved in 'Minor' Accident

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak gets on a bus as they arrive at the Mineta San Jose International Airport for the NFL Super Bowl football game Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.  The Broncos play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Super Bowl 50. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The Denver Broncos ran into some trouble off the field Monday as they prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers.

According to Kirk Morrison of Fox Sports Radio, Denver's "team bus was involved in a minor accident on the freeway."

Broncos defensive star DeMarcus Ware shared a picture of the aftermath:

Kimberly Jones of NFL Network noted the bus was back at the hotel and provided a glimpse of some of the damage:

Jeff Darlington of NFL Network passed along another image:

More than one bus sustained damage, as Morrison captured:

"The Broncos' team buses were involved in a minor accident on the way back from practice," Patrick Smyth, the team's vice president of public relations, said via Twitter. "No injuries were sustained, [and the] team is back at [the] hotel."

On Tuesday, however, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver (via colleague Cheryl Preheim) reported Broncos players told him they were sore and had headaches from the accident. reported the buses were returning to the team hotel from a practice at Stanford University, while Klis reported the "accident began when motorist cut off police escort, causing chain reaction with multiple player buses."

The reports were encouraging for any Broncos fans concerned about injuries. What's more, the Super Bowl is not until Sunday, so there's time for players dealing with bumps, bruises and/or stiff necks to heal before the game.

Denver will need to be at full strength against Carolina considering Cam Newton's squad is 17-1 and fresh off a 49-15 destruction of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game.

Newton is the likely MVP of the league with 45 total touchdowns, but the Broncos defense was tops in the NFL in yards allowed per game and fourth in points allowed per game this season.

Denver also held Ben Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers to 16 points and Tom Brady's New England Patriots to 18 points in the playoffs, so it has had success containing star quarterbacks.