Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who has a left foot sprain, will sit out the team’s Thursday night NFL season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
This is another significant loss for the Broncos who will also be playing without their top pass-rusher. Linebacker Von Miller was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
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Bailey sprained his foot two weeks ago and attempted to return to practice Tuesday, but didn’t participate in the session. When asked if his foot was feeling any better, Bailey responded: “Yeah, yeah. Every day, every day.”
On Monday Bailey said he was “very close” to being ready to play, but the date of his return remained “up in the air” because of the injury.