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Broncos’ Champ Bailey Ruled Out Against Ravens

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Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

The Denver Broncos will be playing without CB Champ Bailey to start the season against the Baltimore Ravens. He’s been ruled out for the game, per Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

The 35-year-old sprained his foot in mid-August during the team’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, and he had to wear a protective boot for nearly two weeks. His loss only adds to all of the team’s losses on defense, with LB Von Miller being the most notable loss for Denver.

Bailey was likely itching at the chance to suit up against the Ravens after their heartbreaking double-overtime playoff loss in January. This is the only game on the schedule against Baltimore (unless they rematch in the playoffs), so Bailey won’t get a chance to redeem his poor play after getting burned by WR Torrey Smith for two long touchdowns.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be tasked with covering Smith. He’ll certainly have his hands full as the Ravens’ speedster will be a heavy focus of Baltimore’s offensive attack.

"I do believe we acquired a really good football player in Dominique," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. "But we also have one that's going to be sitting out in Champ. We'll tee it up and play. I'm not really big on making predictions. I'm big on getting our guys ready to the best of their ability, going out there and competing."

The Broncos and Ravens game will kick off at 8:30 pm E.T tonight.