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.