The Denver Broncos will kick off the NFL season on Thursday night at home against the Baltimore Ravens without cornerback Champ Bailey, according to reports.
A sprained foot will keep the veteran on the sideline, the Denver Post and other news outlets reported Wednesday. Bailed sprained the foot in the second preseason game on Aug. 17 against the Seattle Seahawks and has not practiced since then because of lingering pain.
Taking Bailey's place on the left side of the secondary will be third-year cornerback Chris Harris. Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie will start on the other side and Tony Carter will be the nickel back.
After the opener, the Broncos will not play again for 10 days until they face the New York Giants on Sept. 15, giving Bailey more time to recover.
The Denver Post also reported that tight end Joe Dressen, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in August, will miss the opener.