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Champ Bailey returns to practice

Broncos Camp Football AP

The Broncos defense has held up pretty well without cornerback Champ Bailey in the first two games of the season, but it’s looking like they aren’t going to get a chance to go for the trifecta.

Bailey took part in a padded practice on Thursday for the first time since the preseason and a little less than a week since coach John Fox said he was making good progress in his recovery from a foot injury. With two more days of practice this week, Bailey should get every opportunity to show the staff that he’s ready to make his 2013 debut.

With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tony Carter and Chris Harris playing well through the first two weeks, there shouldn’t be much need to push Bailey into too prominent a role at the moment he returns. He can play limited snaps while getting himself back into game shape and the Broncos won’t have to do too much shuffling to a lineup that’s been playing well.

Tight end Joel Dreessen was also in pads for Denver on Thursday. Like Bailey, he’s been out since the preseason and should have a shot at playing against Oakland as he takes the final steps in his recovery from knee surgery. With Julius Thomas playing very well thus far, Dreessen’s role will be more limited than it was last season.

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16 Responses to “Champ Bailey returns to practice”
  1. endzone says: Sep 19, 2013 2:43 PM

    Glad Champ is coming along. But what’s with all these foot injuries. I am likely just uninformd about this Linsfranc sprain so many players have because I can’t seem to remember reading about it in recent seasons. If it is new then why? Their cleats are different, the turf?

  2. grruffgrruff says: Sep 19, 2013 2:44 PM

    Finally!
    Look out for Denver. Can they get even better?

  3. scaredhitless says: Sep 19, 2013 2:51 PM

    Boss and Champ are still the best brother names in all of sports.

    Which means some dad will think it’s cool to name their daughter Boss or Champ.

  4. dalcow4 says: Sep 19, 2013 2:54 PM

    Strange but true: The Broncos secondary just got worse.

  5. gloryfromheaven says: Sep 19, 2013 2:55 PM

    Honestly, I wouldn’t even play Bailey Monday night against Oakland even if he was healthy…

  6. johninthewest says: Sep 19, 2013 2:56 PM

    As a Denver fan, if it ain’t broke don’t fix the defense! Bailey needs to sit this out..

  7. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 19, 2013 3:20 PM

    grruffgrruff says:
    Sep 19, 2013 2:44 PM
    Finally!
    Look out for Denver. Can they get even better?
    ————————–

    Yeah, Clady could magically get healthy

  8. awdlmd says: Sep 19, 2013 3:29 PM

    Save him for an NFL quality opponent.

  9. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    dalcow4 says:
    Sep 19, 2013 2:54 PM
    Strange but true: The Broncos secondary just got worse.

    __________________________________

    So says the “COW”Girls fan. Your secondary can’t stop a NOSE BLEED!

  10. slugdub says: Sep 19, 2013 3:53 PM

    Donkey fans are happy that the dude who gets burnt like toast during playoff games is coming back?

  11. forsbergler says: Sep 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    I can’t believe there are broncos fans in her saying they’d rather him sit out. You sound like a bunch of Pats fans throwing their players to the wolves after a bad game. You Broncos fans trashing Champ need to find some other band wagon to jump on. This wagon knows that Champ with go down as one of the BEST Broncos to ever play for us. Shame on you.

  12. milehigh04 says: Sep 19, 2013 4:40 PM

    Their is no doubt I want Champ back on the field, but I also wouldn’t mind him sitting one more week considering we are playing Oakland. I would rather him wait a week and come back at 100% for the long haul

  13. johninthewest says: Sep 19, 2013 10:17 PM

    You just don’t mess with momentum.. he will be limited due to the lack of practice this week on Monday night. Look into the future with this. Let’s face it, Champ is working on his last year. Why not the transition with the younger and quicker backups who have played stellar up to this point? Just looking into the future..

  14. virgilcole says: Sep 19, 2013 10:49 PM

    Longtime Bronco fan, but I have to say I would rather Bailey sit out against the Raiders. Champ has lost a step, as evidenced by the multiple burnings he got from the Ravens in the playoffs.

    The defense is humming along just fine without him, and a change like this could upset the apple cart. So maybe give him another week (or 14) to get right.

    It’s not like it’s Von Miller coming back.

  15. virgilcole says: Sep 19, 2013 10:53 PM

    And yes “forsbergler ” we know what Champ has done for the Broncos over the years, but he can’t do it forever, and I would rather him sit, and the Broncos win the game, than watch Champ get burned by the Raiders receivers over and over again.

    He can’t live on what he did in the past forever.

    At some point he has to realize that the end is near.

    And so do you.

  16. joetoronto says: Sep 20, 2013 4:42 AM

    Subtraction by addition.

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