At a time when the Broncos are worried about shoring up the last line of their defense, they now have a problem one level lower.
With cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie still recovering from a high ankle sprain, future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey could miss “several weeks” with a foot sprain, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The report comes at a time when others are reporting an initial MRI showed no ligament tears in Bailey’s left foot.
Tony Carter will be expected to step up in Bailey’s absence.
The pickings are slim on the open market. Sheldon Brown and Nate Clements remain the biggest names. Others will become available as the rosters make the slide from a maximum of 90 to 75 and then to 53.