Injury Report: Bailey, Franklin unlikely to play

According to Mike Klis, cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to miss Denver's upcoming game against Washington due to the foot injury he aggravated at Indy.

Meanwhile, Klis suggests that right tackle Orlando Franklin figures to be listed as questionable at best for the Return of Shanny.

Denver's bye is the following week, which has to figure into the decision on whether to play Franklin this Sunday.

It would follow that either Tony Carter or Quentin Jammer will be active on Sundy, while Louis Vasquez and Chris Kuper would start again in Frankin's place.

Kuper had a rough return to the starting lineup, allowing one sack, one QB hit, two hurries, and grading out at -2.7 by PFF's measure.

Washington will be without safety Brandon Meriweather, who has been suspended two games over multiple illegal hits; he was flagged twice during Sunday's win over Chicago. If Meriweather appeals the ban, a decision is expected to be delivered prior to Sunday.

DE Stephen Bowen suffered a torn PCL in his right knee, but a similar injury to his left knee in 2011 didn't cost him any playing time.

Reed Doughty, Washington's other starting safety, left Sunday's game with a concussion.

It's unclear whether either player will be available Sunday.

Of course, not having Meriweather or Doughty could prove to be disastrous for Washington against Peyton Manning & Company.

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