Foot wasn’t reason Champ Bailey was on bench in fourth quarter

AP

When the Chiefs got the ball down a touchdown with 3:32 left to play, it wasn’t much of a secret that they would be throwing the ball often in their effort to send the game to overtime.

The Broncos sent out extra defensive backs to thwart those efforts, but cornerback Champ Bailey wasn’t among them. Bailey returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing four games with a foot injury and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was out with a shoulder injury, but the Broncos went with Quentin Jammer and Kayvon Webster for the crucial drive.

Broncos coach Jack Del Rio said after the game that the team always planned to limit Bailey’s snaps, which may be the case but the timing of the move led to questions about whether Bailey aggravated his injury. Bailey said that he’s still trying to get right after his absence, but the trip to the bench wasn’t directly because of problems with the foot.

“I’ve got to get my mind back right, got to get my body back right,” Bailey said, via the Denver Post. “That combination, plus being 35, it’s tough. It’s a tough game. It’s a young man’s game.”

Things worked out for the Broncos as they stopped the Chiefs and hung on for the victory without Bailey on the field. Bailey will have a few weeks to shake off the remaining rust in hopes of being able to hang with the youngsters come the postseason.

10 responses to “Foot wasn’t reason Champ Bailey was on bench in fourth quarter

  1. “I’ve got to get my mind back right, got to get my body back right,” Bailey said, via the Denver Post. “That combination, plus being 35, it’s tough. It’s a tough game. It’s a young man’s game.”

    It’s about time you realize you’re done, Chump.

  2. Those comments sound much like those of Rodney Harrison when he looked back on his playing days from the comfort of the Sunday Night Football studios. Harrison said when he saw the speed and violence, he wondered how he ever played the game. Champ sounds like he has one eye looking toward retirement.

  3. joetoronto says:
    Dec 2, 2013 9:20 AM
    “I’ve got to get my mind back right, got to get my body back right,” Bailey said, via the Denver Post. “That combination, plus being 35, it’s tough. It’s a tough game. It’s a young man’s game.”

    It’s about time you realize you’re done, Chump.
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    Dude, how are your Argonauts doing?

  4. Even as a Broncos fan, I’m having trouble seeing Bailey playing next year. He’s missed most of the season, when he does play he seems like he’s not able to keep up with the play… Everyone reaches the end, Champ- yours is in about two months. :/

  5. I thought Champ Bailey was only second to Sanders on CBs ever to play in NFL. I know football sites put out their ratings but the last 2 years he has been losing a step as his body starts giving out from being mid-30’s and playing such a physical game.

    Majority of Denver fans pointed to him returning and somehow saving the secondary. Be realistic, at this point in his career he more than likely is average or below average in coverage. I wouldn’t want to see him matched up against AJ Green or Torey Smith again.

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