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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Champ Bailey loss is disastrous

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

 
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 The Broncos will be without star cornerback Champ Bailey for the next 4-6 weeks.

Good luck to the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos, who have a bye this week, have to try to come out of a slump -- they have lost three of their last four games -- without Champ Bailey.

The star left cornerback is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury. He suffered it in Denver's 41-7 loss at New England on Monday night. 

Bailey is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. He has handling New England receiver Randy Moss before he was injured. Moss then took advantage of Dre' Bly with Bailey on the sideline. Rookie Jack Williams is expected to take Bailey's place in the starting lineup.

Denver's defense has been brutal much of the season. Bailey, along with linebacker D.J. Williams, was one of Denver's two feared defensive players. His loss is going to make it very challenging for Denver.

The one good thing is Denver doesn't play great passing teams while Bailey is out. Denver's first four games coming out of the bye are against Miami, Cleveland, Atlanta and Oakland.

Still, Bailey's loss will be felt. This is a player who has made eight straight Pro Bowls. He's a special player.

Injuries are starting to catch up to Denver. The Broncos are hoping to get their offense back to full strength after the bye. Tight end Tony Scheffler and Brandon Stokley missed the New England game. They are expected to play against Miami.

With Bailey out, the Broncos will need all the offensive weapons they can get to offset the huge loss to the defense. Bailey's younger brother, Boss Bailey, a Denver starting linebacker, suffered a knee injury Monday night and is done for the season.