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Champ Bailey set for regular season debut

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The Broncos probably don’t need cornerback Champ Bailey’s help to beat the Jaguars this weekend, but they’re almost certainly going to have it.

Bailey got in his first full practice of the regular season this week and ramping up the workload has not done anything to aggravate the foot injury that has kept him out all season. Bailey is listed as probable for the contest and coach John Fox said after Friday’s practice that it is all systems go for the veteran corner.

“He’s all set,” Fox said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. “We’re excited to have Champ back, he’s had an outstanding week.”

The Broncos also look like they’ll have cornerback Chris Harris in the lineup. Harris is recovering from a concussion, but practiced fully on Friday and is listed as questionable for Jacksonville.

There’s a much lower chance that linebacker Wesley Woodyard and defensive end Robert Ayers will play. Both players picked up injuries against Dallas last weekend and both are doubtful to play this weekend. With a trip to Indy looming in Week Seven, the Broncos will likely take their chances with backups in hopes of being at full strength for their game with the AFC South leaders.

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14 Responses to “Champ Bailey set for regular season debut”
  1. sGoDonkos says: Oct 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    if woodyard is inactive paris lenon will be the mike linebacker starting in base this week

  2. kremis says: Oct 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    Meanwhile everyone is still waiting for the Steelers debut! Ha

  3. pfm4pres says: Oct 11, 2013 3:34 PM

    We definitely could have used him last week. That secondary made Tony OhNO look like a hall of famer.

  4. gloryfromheaven says: Oct 11, 2013 3:41 PM

    Bandwagon Bronco fan: “We don’t need this guy, he’s horrible and slow”

    True Bronco fan: “Hell yeah, big upgrade, he was a top 5 CB last year” (literally, PFF, not PFT, rated him as the 4th best CB last year)

  5. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Oct 11, 2013 3:54 PM

    Paris Lenon will not play instead of Woodyard. They will go mostly Trevathan, Nate Irving, and and Steven Johnson. Malik Jackson will replace Ayers. Overall I think this works out to the Broncos advantage. With Champ back and the Jags being the Jags, Johnson and Jackson will get game experience which will help with depth down the stretch. Von comes back next week, and Champ gets a warm up to get back into game flow. This team has that Superbowl feel to them, I don’t think they blow it this year

  6. sGoDonkos says: Oct 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    @datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh – del rio himself said lenon will be the mike lb, irving stays at sam lb

  7. steelerben says: Oct 11, 2013 4:16 PM

    This should be a good game for Bailey to get back into action and get up to NFL speed. Don’t sleep on Blackmon. If Gabbert (or Henne, or whoever they throw out there) is able to get the ball near him, that kid can be a handful.

  8. siknutty says: Oct 11, 2013 4:22 PM

    Great to have him back. Hopefully he can get up to game speed this week and be fully ready for the colts.. With a healthy DRC and champ on the outside and Chris Harris covering the slot our secondary is vastly improved.. The colts have a lot of trouble protecting Luck, our defense should be in his face all day.. Von coming back next week is just adding fuel to the fire.

  9. broncosroe says: Oct 11, 2013 4:35 PM

    The CHAAAAAAMP is BAAAAACK!!!!
    The REVENGE TOUR just got more deadly!

  10. broncsfan72 says: Oct 11, 2013 5:05 PM

    Welcome back Champ!!!

  11. joetoronto says: Oct 11, 2013 6:07 PM

    The Chump is back, whoopdigriggindo.

  12. bigblackanvil says: Oct 11, 2013 7:05 PM

    I’m not hating but this is the week Peyton Manning has his first”xfiles” game “. This is gonna be weird.

  13. frostymugobeer says: Oct 12, 2013 1:49 AM

    hate to break it to ya’

    the broncos are gonna have a lot of injuries this week while they rest and recover key guys…
    they may only win by 2 td’s.
    while getting the team ready for some crucial games against division opponents

  14. jdphx says: Oct 12, 2013 2:21 AM

    Real brave of you to come back for such a “tough” game…. Champ.

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