DENVER – A sprained foot will keep Broncos’ Pro-Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey from playing in the season-opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
The 15th-year pro was ruled out Wednesday. He hasn’t practiced since getting hurt in a preseason game at Seattle on Aug. 17.
Denver Post sportswriter Mike Klis first reported Wednesday afternoon that Chris Harris will start in place of Bailey along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at cornerback against Ravens’ receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones Ravens.
While Bailey did not officially practice with his teammates Tuesday, he was on the field and wearing his helmet. The team shared photos of him jogging and stretching alongside other players.
On Monday, Bailey was named team captain and attended practice but did not participate.
Although Bailey was beaten twice by Ravens receiver Torrey Smith in the playoffs, his absence for the “NFL Kickoff” may prove less critical because Joe Flacco is without his top two targets from last season in Anquan Boldin (trade) and Dennis Pitta (hip).
Bailey plans to play against the New York Giants in Week 2.