Champ Bailey gets in first full practice of the season

AP

The Broncos are 5-0, which makes it hard to say that they’ve missing Champ Bailey, Von Miller or anyone else that hasn’t been on the field for them this season.

After watching them get shredded by Tony Romo last Sunday, you could say that the team would be even more formidable if those two defensive stalwarts were in the lineup. Miller has one more week to go on his suspension, but it looks like Bailey’s chances of playing this week are improving.

The cornerback practiced fully on Wednesday for the first time this season. Bailey has been battling a foot injury and coach John Fox said that Bailey’s return to a full workload went well.

“With Champ obviously we’ve been smart,” Fox said, via the team’s website. “Medical people have done a fantastic job. He had a very, very good workout today.”

The Broncos were missing a few other members of the defense on Wednesday. Cornerback Chris Harris didn’t practice because of the concussion he suffered against Dallas, defensive end Robert Ayers was held out with a shoulder injury and the neck injury that knocked linebacker Wesley Woodyard out of the Cowboys game kept him on the sideline.

8 responses to “Champ Bailey gets in first full practice of the season

  1. People seriously need to stop judging Champ Bailey’s performance all because of that first half versus Baltimore. PFF (no, not PFT!) rated him as the 4th best CB in the NFL last year and allowing just one touchdown (other then the playoff game). He doesn’t have the speed he once had, which is why they brought in DRC to match up against players like Torrey Smith, etc…

  2. One bad playoff game (in arctic conditions no less) does not make Champ a has-been.

    Has he lost a split second? Probably. Is that the only thing he brings to the Broncos secondary? Not even close.

    Champ Bailey is the kind of seasoned veteran you want on your team for as long as you can have him. He recognizes pass schemes, is a beast at tackling, and gives promising young players like Harris Jr. and Carter someone to emulate in practice. Like Peyton on the other side, it’s not uncommon to see him calling out defensive audibles to the DBs on his side of the field before a snap.

    Welcome back Champ, so nice to see you baby!

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