Friday, November 8, 2013
Champ Bailey to miss sixth game of season
By Jeff Legwold
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was held out of practice Friday and will miss his sixth game of the season Sunday in San Diego.
Bailey, who has worked with strength coaches during the week’s practices, is still recovering from a left foot injury he suffered in the preseason. He has played in just two games -- against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts -- this season. The Broncos are still hopeful he can return to practice next week and have a chance to play in the Nov. 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver.
The Broncos will play the Chiefs twice in a three-week span with the Broncos headed to Arrowhead Stadium for a Dec. 1 game.
Wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) and safety Duke Ihenacho (ankle), who were both held out of practice Wednesday, participated on Friday, though Ihenacho was limited and formally listed as questionable. Welker is expected to be able to take his full allotment of plays in the Broncos’ offense against the San Diego Chargers.
Tight end Julius Thomas (ankle), center Manny Ramirez (knee), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and right tackle Orlando Franklin (ankle) all participated fully Friday and are expected to play Sunday.
Bailey, who suffered his original injury Aug. 17 against the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason and re-aggravated it in the Broncos’ Oct. 20 loss in Indianapolis, has not played since leaving the Colts game in the second quarter.
“He’s a real pro, I think if there is any [frustration] he’s keeping it within,’’ said Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio. “He’s terrific leader, he’s out here doing everything he can do to get back as soon as possible.’’