Champ Bailey out for opener

September, 4, 2013
The Denver Broncos went through their usual-day-before game work at their practice facility Wednesday and released their final injury report of the week. It contained no surprises as cornerback Champ Bailey, who has not practiced since suffering a left foot injury Aug. 17 in the preseason loss in Seattle, was listed as "out."

It means Bailey will miss the first season opener of his award-filled career. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is expected to start at Bailey’s left cornerback spot Thursday night against the Ravens. Chris Harris and Tony Carter will play plenty as well.

Tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and rookie running back C.J. Anderson (knee) -- neither practiced this week -- were both ruled out of the game as well. Guard Chris Kuper was listed as doubtful and is expected to be a gameday inactive.

Quarterback Brock Osweiler (left, non-throwing shoulder), defensive end Robert Ayers (Achilles/ankle), wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) and left tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder) were all listed on the injury report through the week and all will be in uniform and play against the Ravens.

All four were formally listed as probable.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter



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