Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has been ruled out of tomorrow’s season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, according to the USA Today.
Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowler, sprained his foot in Denver’s second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He was injured in the first half of that 40-10 loss when a Seahawks player pushed his foot off of Bailey's. Despite optimism Bailey might play this week, he will be on the sidelines tomorrow.
Denver is already without linebacker Von Miller, who is serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, while former Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil signed with the Ravens this offseason. Now Denver will open this season without both players and Bailey.
Chris Harris is expected to start at left cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the right, and Tony Carter as the nickel corner.
If there is any good news, Denver's next game is not until September 15 against the New York Giants. Bailey will have the plenty of time to rest his injured ankle before trying to suit up in that game.