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Report: Champ Bailey won’t play on Thursday night

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Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey’s return from a sprained foot has led to a couple of false starts at practice this week and now it will reportedly keep him out of Thursday night’s game against the Ravens altogether.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Bailey will be ruled out for the game, leaving the Broncos without another key defensive starter while linebacker Von Miller starts his six-game suspension. The news isn’t particularly surprising given Bailey’s difficulties getting back on the field and that getting him back for the first week doesn’t do the team much good if he winds up aggravating the injury and missing more time.

Per the report, Chris Harris and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are expected to start at cornerback against the Broncos with Bailey on the sideline. The Broncos kept 11 defensive backs on the 53-man roster, including veteran Quentin Jammer, so they should be okay with depth if not the same talent that Bailey brings to the table.

Klis also reports that tight end Joel Dreessen will miss the opener. Dreessen had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in August.

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32 Responses to “Report: Champ Bailey won’t play on Thursday night”
  1. honkeyt says: Sep 4, 2013 4:15 PM

    With no pass rush to help the secondary it could be a long night for the Broncos Defense.

  2. baltimoremikeg says: Sep 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    Damn, I was counting on Chump Bailey to play for the Ravens to win.

  3. jrebar88 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:19 PM

    Wont matter, he is resting for when they play a real qb in week 2.

  4. cookenbauer says: Sep 4, 2013 4:22 PM

    The Broncos are going to win regardless. Joe Flacco’s mega contract won’t automatically make him some superstar that he isn’t. The guy is streaky and can be awfully mediocre in the regular season. And he doesn’t have Boldin to just throw up prayers anymore. Manning’s record against Baltimore is virtually flawless…and that last loss really being a case of Denver self-destructing. Denver wins this one 31-24

  5. ingraven says: Sep 4, 2013 4:23 PM

    This seriously sucks. Still gonna be a good game though.

  6. lanman11 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:25 PM

    No Bailey, no Miller, no Dumerville. Good thing Peyton’s arm strength is better. He’s gonna need it.

  7. pegboards says: Sep 4, 2013 4:26 PM

    We have good depth at corner and it’s a long season. No need to rush him back

  8. southpaw2k says: Sep 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    And people still think the Broncos will blow out the Ravens because…..why?

    No pass rush + significant loss in the secondary = Joe Flacco having all kinds of time to throw to Torrey and Jacoby

  9. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    Denver needs Champ Bailey for the long haul, especially approaching an inevitable playoff push so if it means sitting him down for the first week or 2 to make sure he doesn’t exacerbate any injury…it makes perfect sense.

  10. Smarterthanyou says: Sep 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    Champ doesnt help the team, he HURTS the team. It doesnt matter anyway cause the Kansas City Chiefs are gonna win the division, regardless of what all the so called media “experts” say.

    REMEMBER IN DECEMBER

  11. youngdru88 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    Champ got burned quite a few times last year.. he still has skills.. but he is on the decline..

  12. shayeezy says: Sep 4, 2013 4:48 PM

    i can’t imagine a better start to the season than denver getting embarrassed at home.

  13. jz3248 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:51 PM

    Ok Bronco Fans let the excuses begin

  14. malvaren18 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:53 PM

    No Miller, No Bailey, No Dumervile, NO
    PROBLEM; as long as Manning is playing
    This should be 2 TD win at least by the Bronco’s

  15. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 4, 2013 5:01 PM

    Don’t look for Ravens’ fans to jump up and down with glee over an injured player. Check the Steelers’ board for that kind of classless behavior. They’re having a field day making fun of Arthur Jones. Hope Champ feels better.

  16. smartestpackerfan says: Sep 4, 2013 5:08 PM

    I hope the 49ers cut more players so we can sign them!

  17. poesports says: Sep 4, 2013 5:10 PM

    Manning’s record against Baltimore is virtually flawless…and that last loss really being a case of Denver self-destructing. Denver wins this one 31-24

    Actually the Ravens were the ones self-destructing in that game. The Ravens gave up not one but two TD’s on special teams. Let’s take away those two TD gimmes to Denver and what’s the score.

  18. jacktheraven says: Sep 4, 2013 5:11 PM

    Won’t matter. Denver is favored by 9 points.

  19. moagecu says: Sep 4, 2013 5:11 PM

    He’s just too scared to have to cover Torrey again.

  20. jacktheraven says: Sep 4, 2013 5:12 PM

    No problem, as long as Manning is playing? Good luck with that.

  21. jacktheraven says: Sep 4, 2013 5:13 PM

    I hate to see Denver fans get their hopes up so high. I saw what happened in Jan.

  22. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 4, 2013 5:19 PM

    Were Raven fans always this big of douche bags, or does a SB win just make the idiots louder than the decent fans?

  23. ravensterps says: Sep 4, 2013 5:50 PM

    To all you casual NFL fans, Anquan Boldin averaged ~60 receptions for ~860 yards in his three years in Baltimore. He never topped 1k and never had more than 64 receptions.

    I know he was amazing in the Super Bowl run. But people act like Flacco’s career is over just because Boldin left. Flacco was doing fine before Boldin and he’ll do fine now without him.

  24. rdrs68 says: Sep 4, 2013 5:55 PM

    The last time these two teams played Champ got taken to school.

  25. finallythevoiceofreason says: Sep 4, 2013 6:47 PM

    Flacco is going to air it out deep at least 5 or 6 times against the secondary. If the long TD passes don’t rack up, the pass int calls will make the assist.

  26. scoobies05 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:07 PM

    wishing broncos fans good luck from baltimore. hope you guys have a great season…starting with week 2

  27. frostymugobeer says: Sep 4, 2013 8:10 PM

    Chris Harris is probably the BEST young cb in the league.
    The Broncos should win this one 30-17

  28. patriots123456 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:30 PM

    If the Broncos get behind, the plan is to turn off the power to the stadium…

  29. wearethesteelers says: Sep 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    This means that the Broncos will win by 30 points rather than 20. Everyone knows Champ is a liability against the deep ball at this stage in his career.

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 4, 2013 10:08 PM

    He won’t be needed, unless Rahim Moore is wearing a ravens jersey like last time thy played.

  31. musicman495 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:35 PM

    Champ Bailey is absolutely the most overrated player in the NFL over the last 10 years. That game tape from last year’s playoff game vs the Ravens when he was beaten like a drum should be shown to every Hall of Fame voter before anyone ever casts a ballot.

  32. scoobies05 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:14 PM

    how cute…steeler fans commenting on games involving playoff teams. good luck against the titans…remember them…one of the many teams that beat you last year.

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