Head Coach Mike Shanahan spoke at the podium after practice Wednesday, and he updated the media on the status of several injured Broncos.
Boss Bailey will have microfracture surgery in about a week, ending his season.
His brother, Champ Bailey will be out four-to-six weeks with a groin injury he suffered in the first half of the team’s Monday Night Football contest.
“Champ is a quick healer, but he does have a severe injury, and I think it will be a month for sure,” Shanahan said. “But we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Patrick Ramsey re-injured his elbow in the game against New England, and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
“He kind of hurt that in preseason,” Shanahan said. “I’m not sure if he fully recovered or not because he didn’t take a significant blow, but it was obviously enough that he’s on IR. It’s a setback, but (Darrell) Hackney will come up and get the job done.”
It was reported during the game that the X-Rays were negative and Jay Cutler’s index finger on his throwing hand was not broken. Shanahan confirmed that, and said Cutler should be ready against Miami when the team returns from its bye week.
“The swelling went down, but it’s still painful,” Shanahan said. “He practiced today so he should be OK.”
Shanahan said Michael Pittman has bruised ribs and is going to see a doctor later today after getting a little banged up on Monday.
“He was very sore today, he’s seeing a neurosurgeon later on this afternoon and hopefully there’s some good news there,” he said.
Shanahan said he’s disappointed in the injuries, but it’s not something the team will use as an excuse.
“It’s the nature of the game,” he said. “You’re hoping that you don’t have injuries, but sometimes you do. Some younger guys get some opportunities or some veteran guys get some opportunities. You want these guys to step up and fortunately we’ve got a bye week where we’ve got some time to work out some kinks.”
- The team also placed Erik Pears (Appendectomy) on its Reserve/Non-Football Illness list.
- Steven Harris was also released from the practice squad.