Broncos entertain Ravens for NFL opener
DENVER - For football fans the wait has been difficult. A lot of time has passed since the end of the Super Bowl, when Baltimore beat San Francisco, and a new season is about to start this evening.
The opening game of the 2013 schedule is being played in Denver as the Peyton Manning-led Broncos open up with the defending champion Ravens and their high-priced quarterback Joe Flacco. The game is a rematch of an AFC playoff game last January, when the Ravens won 38-35.
When the Broncos take the field in the Mile High City they won't have 15-year cornerback Champ Bailey in uniform. He won't be able to play tonight because of a sprained left foot. He hasn't practiced since getting hurt in a preseason game at Seattle on Aug. 17.