Baltimore Ravens' Torrey Smith Psyched Champ Bailey Out of Opener

By Jermaine Lockett
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Torrey Smith is a lightning-fast receiver for the Baltimore Ravens who continues to work on his skill.  Champ Bailey is a 12 time Pro-Bowler who was completely scorched by third-year receiver Smith. Most Denver Broncos fans were looking forward to the two meeting up again so Bailey could redeem himself.

Those plans were brought to a screeching halt as Bailey has been ruled out for the season opener.

Could this be a career decision by Bailey? Did having to line up against Smith again have anything to do with this ruling? Who actually made the decision — the Broncos or Champ Bailey? Bailey is reportedly still recovering from a foot sprain he endured in August and apparently needs another week to heal, according to the report of Mike Klis on Twitter.

One week huh? Sounds like a business decision to me. If one week is all that separates Bailey from playing, is he really injured that badly, or is he scared of being embarrassed on national television again?

Smith smoked Bailey during the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs, once on a 59-yard strike from Joe Flacco for a touchdown and then again with another spectacular 32-yard catch which went for six. Smith’s performance sent a clear message to Bailey that he just might be getting old.

The Denver Broncos either have full confidence in their reserves or they just don’t want to see their veteran cornerbackget embarrassed again. Either way, look for Smith to line up against Dominique Rogers-Cromartie or Tony Carter in the opener in Denver.

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