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 “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.

14 responses to “Champ Bailey set for regular season debut

  1. 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)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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