What was expected for more than a month became official Tuesday when the Broncos announced they will play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game ahead of the induction of owner Pat Bowlen and cornerback Champ Bailey.
The Broncos will face the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio. The Broncos will play five preseason games.
In a statement, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said: “Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage.”
The Broncos will be allowed to report to training camp two weeks ahead of the game.
The Broncos will play in the Hall of Fame Game for the fourth time and the first time since 2004, when it lost to Washington 20-17 in a weekend that included the induction of quarterback John Elway.