Denver Broncos Injuries: Bailey Out, Franklin, Kuper Questionable


aguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) attempts to catch a pass while being covered by Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 35-19. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

The Denver Broncos are getting healthier, which is a great thing with one game left before the bye.

The only player ruled out for Sunday’s contest against the Washington Redskins is cornerback Champ Bailey (foot). That was expected. Bailey has only played one full game this season.

“I feel better than a week ago,” Bailey said. “I’m definitely not able to do the things that I want to do to make sure I’m productive on the field. Until I feel that way, I won’t go out there.”

Bailey called last week’s injury a “minor setback,” saying his foot feels much better than it did when he injured it initially against Seattle in preseason.

Bailey is playing it smart. Sure, he wants to get back out on the field and contribute, but he’s also thinking about the setback long term.

“It’s very, very frustrating because—talking about my feet—I want to be able to play, but I also want to be able to walk in the future,” Bailey said.

Bailey won’t be going anywhere during the bye week. His plan is to stay in Denver and continue treatment with the hopes of returning for the Chargers game.

Orlando Franklin (ankle) and Chris Kuper (ankle) are listed as questionable, which means they have a 50-50 chance of suiting up. Franklin participated on a limited basis during Friday’s practice.

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