Champ out for opener; Kuper doubtful

The Broncos were already going to be without Von Miller tomorrow night, while Elvis Dumervil will be playing for the wrong team. But now Champ Bailey has been ruled out for the game, and Denver will be down its three highest profile defenders from recent years.

Look for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to shift over to Champ's LCB spot, with Chris Harris taking over for DRC at RCB, and Tony Carter manning the nickel.

As expected, Joel Dreessen and C.J. Anderson will also miss the opener, while Chris Kuper is listed as doubtful. Ryan Clady, Wes Welker, Robert Ayers, and Brock Osweiler were all full practice participants throughout the week, and are probable.

Baltimore will be without DE Arthur Jones, who has an undisclosed illness, and TE Dennis Pitta, whom they placed on revocable IR on Wednesday.

T Ryan Jensen, WR Deonte Thompson, and DT Brandon Williams did not practice at all this week, but are listed as doubtful; DE Pernell McPhee and TE Ed Dickson are probable.

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Videos: BTV on the start of the season; NFL Films presents a movie trailer-style preview for tomorrow's game; Wes Welker stars in a trio of Old Spice commercials.

We can only hope that Trindon Holliday will reprise his January performance against Baltimore.

Shannon Sharpe was back in town for a luncheon and recalled some of his most memorable moments as a Bronco.

Here's a friendly reminder from the Denver branch of the No Females League that purses will not be welcome at the stadium.

A billboard near SAF@MH calls for the NFL to soften its policy on marijuana use by players.

Analysis

Peyton Manning does mix in some laughs with his perfectionism, but is there enough of a balance there? Obviously we'll never know, but it's a fair question.

Andrew Mason thinks it will be important for Denver to set the pace tomorrow, while Jeff Legwold says a lot depends upon how Wesley Woodyard fares at the Mike.

David Ramsey can't imagine a scenario where the Broncos fail to make the playoffs, and he hopes they overcome adversity like the 2011 Giants and 2012 Ravens did.

Legwold and Jamison Hensley each predict a Denver victory, while Benjamin Hoffman thinks the absence of Bailey, Miller, and Dumervil will be too much for Denver to overcome.

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