Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) on the sidelines in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Champ Bailey ruled out for Monday Night Football against Raiders

Denver received another injury setback as they await kickoff on Monday Night Football against the Raiders at Mile High Stadium. Star cornerback Champ Bailey will miss yet another week, ESPN’s MNF crew confirmed with gametime just under two hours away.

Mike Kilis of the Denver Post was amongst the first to the story.

Starting cornerback Champ Bailey and tight end Joel Dreessen will wait one more week. Neither will dress in a Broncos uniform tonight for the game against the Oakland Raiders.

Dreessen has been out since Aug. 2 with a knee injury. Bailey has been down since Aug. 17 with a left foot injury. Both returned to practice on a limited basis last week and there’s a decent chance both will be ready to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Also not dressing tonight are running back C.J. Anderson and guard-center Chris Kuper.

Bailey’s absence from the Broncos lineup leaves the Broncos without three of their best players for Monday’s game against the Raiders. Bailey joins left tackle Ryan Clady and suspended linebacker/defensive end Von Miller amongst the star players missing from the Denver lineup at this point. Center Dan Koppen has been on the injured reserve since training camp, but his absence also affects the Broncos offensive line, even more so with Clady out.

Despite the injuries, the Broncos are expected to beat the Raiders at home tonight. Las Vegas has Oakland as anywhere from 14.5 to 16.5 point underdogs on Monday Night Football. With Bailey’s injury Oakland can maintain hope, at the very least one of their wideouts will be having an easier evening tonight.


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