Key cornerback cannot get back to full fitness as season reaches week 10.
Champ Bailey is no chance of playing against the San Diego Chargers in week 10 after he was held out of practice on Friday.
The Denver cornerback has been struggling to shake a foot injury sustained in the pre-season for the Broncos despite the best efforts of the team’s support crew.
Bailey has managed to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts but regular playing time has eluded him.
Team offcials are hoping The 35-year-old will be right to play against the massive match-up against the, thus far, undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, who travel to Mile High Stadium on November 17.
“He’s a real pro, I think if there is any (frustration) he’s keeping it within,’’ said Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio. “He’s terrific leader, he’s out here doing everything he can do to get back as soon as possible.’’
In other Denver injury news, wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) and safety Duke Ihenacho (ankle), who were both held out of practice Wednesday, participated on Friday, though Ihenacho was limited and formally listed as questionable.
Welker is expected to be able to take his full allotment of plays in the Broncos’ offense against the San Diego Chargers.
Tight end Julius Thomas (ankle), center Manny Ramirez (knee), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and right tackle Orlando Franklin (ankle) all participated fully Friday and are expected to play Sunday.