NFL: Denver's Champ Bailey set to make 2013 debut Sunday
Denver's shaky secondary gets a big boost Sunday with Champ Bailey set to make his 2013 debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bailey hasn't played since spraining his left foot in the second preseason game at Seattle on April 17.
Also, Paris Lenon is set to make his first start for Denver at middle linebacker after Wesley Woodyard missed practice all week with a shoulder stinger he sustained at Dallas last week.
The Broncos (5-0) are a 27-point favorite against the Jaguars (0-5), but despite its dominance, Denver has its share of concerns, chief among them a pass defense ranked dead last in the league.
Bailey said Friday he's eager to finally play alongside fellow first-round pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who signed with the Broncos on the first day of free agency.
"I'm real excited because he's been a great player, a guy I've been watching since he came into the league and I've seen what he's done here," Bailey said. "And I think we'll be good together. We'll feed off each other.
Bailey's return bumps Chris Harris to nickel cornerback, although he'll basically remain a starter because teams throw so much to keep up with Peyton Manning's offense.
Third Buccaneer has staph infection
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say a third player has been diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to many common antibiotics. General manager Mark Dominik made the announcement Friday, a day after confirming guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of MRSA. Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes were diagnosed as having MRSA in August.
Dominik declined to identify the third player involved in the case diagnosed late Thursday, saying the player requested his name not be released. NFL.com reported the player was cornerback Johnthan Banks, a rookie from Mississippi State.
Around the league
Jets • Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Seahawks • Former Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner is expected to miss Seattle's game against Tennessee on Sunday with a high ankle sprain, while center Max Unger (strained triceps) is returning to the lineup.
Lions • Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh lost an appeal of the $100,000 fine against him, taking a financial hit for a block below the belt. Suh was fined for a sixth time in his four-year career on Sept. 10, two days after making an illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan as the Lions returned an interception.
Bears • Middle linebacker D.J. Williams will miss the remainder of the season because of a chest injury. Williams ruptured his left pectoral muscle tendon during Thursday's win over the New York Giants. With Williams out, rookie Jonathan Bostic figures to start in his place.
Chicago 27, N.Y. Giants 21
Carolina at Minnesota, 11 a.m.
Oakland at Kansas City, 11 a.m.
St. Louis at Houston, 11 a.m.
Green Bay at Baltimore, 11 a.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay,11 a.m.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m.
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 11 a.m.
Detroit at Cleveland, 11 a.m.
Tennessee at Seattle, 2:05 p.m.
Jacksonville at Denver,2:05 p.m.
Arizona at San Francisco, 2:25 p.m.
New Orleans at New England, 2:25 p.m.
Washington at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.
Open: Atlanta, Miami
Indianapolis at San Diego,6:40 p.m.
Peterson's young son dies
The Sioux Falls, S.D., police department said Friday afternoon that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son has died from injuries suffered in alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child's mother. Police are withholding the child's name at the request of the family. A Police spokesman said the state attorney's office is reviewing the case to consider additional charges against 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, who has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. His bond was set at $750,000.
Adrian Peterson talked to the media at Winter Park, asking for privacy.
"I really appreciate all the support that I've been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization," the MVP running back said at a brief press conference inside the locker room. "This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand. Thanks."
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