Posted September 04, 2013

Champ Bailey out for Broncos-Ravens season-opener

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Champ Bailey will miss the Broncos' season-opener against the Ravens. (John Leyba/Getty Images)

Champ Bailey will miss the Broncos’ season-opener against the Ravens. (John Leyba/Getty Images)

The Broncos announced Wednesday that cornerback Champ Bailey will not play in Thursday’s NFL season-opener against the Ravens.

USA Today reported Bailey would miss the nationally televised season kickoff game prior to the Broncos’ releasing their final injury report.

Bailey told reporters earlier this week that he hoped to play against the Ravens while seeking redemption for the last time the two teams met. Bailey was beaten for two deep touchdown passes from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to receiver Torrey Smith in the AFC divisional playoffs.

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But Bailey has been unable to practice since spraining his foot in the Broncos’ second preseason game, on Aug. 17 at Seattle.  He said he was still experiencing pain in the foot this week.

In Bailey’s absence, the Broncos are expected to start third-year cornerback Chris Harris on the left side and free-agent acquisition Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at right corner.


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