NFL: Denver’s Champ Bailey set to make 2013 debut Sunday
The Associated PressFirst published Oct 11 2013 05:34PM
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.