Broncos’ Duke Ihenacho, Champ Bailey questionable for Sunday

9/29/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsDenver Broncos strong safety Duke Ihenacho proved he was worthy of the starting job with a huge performance on opening night against the Baltimore Ravens. But since then Ihenacho’s had some hard luck with injuries that have kept him from making an impact in the Broncos’ secondary. His status for Sunday’s game remains up in the air with the Broncos considering him questionable for the past few days, ahead of the Week 4 matchup against Philadelphia Eagles.
Ihenacho has been limited with knee issues over the last few practices. The 24-year-old initially sprained his right ankle during the Week 2 win over the New York Giants. Ihenacho did not return in the game after being carted off the field, but was able to return for the Broncos in Week 3. However, Ihenacho aggravated that injury in Monday night’s 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders, and to sit out practices earlier this week.
If Ihenacho is unable to play against the Eagles, Mike Adams will likely replace him in the secondary. Adams nested in at the backup spot after Ihenacho beat him for the starting safety job earlier this season.
As for cornerback Champ Bailey, Broncos coach John Fox said that he will re-evaluate Bailey’s status hours before Sunday’s game.
“We’ll make it official an hour and half before kickoff on gameday," he said.
Bailey has missed the Broncos’ first three games this season due to a sprained left foot and has been practicing on limited basis over the past two weeks. While Bailey remained hopeful that he will make his debut this season on Sunday, the 35-year-old cautiously added earlier in the week that he push it if he’s not 100 percent.
“This is the NFL. You can’t go out there half-stepping and expecting to get the job done,” Bailey said. “I need to feel a little bit better to get out there.”
However, after Friday’s practice, Bailey characterized his status as "close, very close” to return.
Linebacker Paris Lenon, who was recently held out of practice with a sore thigh, is not expected to play against the Eagles. Tight end Joel Dreesen who is dealing with a knee injury, and hasn’t played a game for the Broncos this season, was also listed as questionable for Sunday.
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