Champ Bailey returns to practice


The foot injury Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey suffered during Week Two of the preseason was supposed to sideline him for several weeks.  In this case, the word “several” could mean “two and change.”

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Bailey has returned to practice.  Via Twitter, Klis writes that Bailey is wearing a helmet and “taking normal reps.”

Bailey didn’t practice at all on Monday, but he took part in practice to an unknown extent on Sunday.

It’s unclear whether that means Bailey will be able to play on Thursday night.  It’s also unclear whether it will matter.  The last time the Ravens and Broncos squared off, receiver Torrey Smith made Bailey look like anything but one of the best cover corners in NFL history.

Smith told PFT Live last week that he expects to see Bailey on Thursday night.  It could be that Smith really, really wants to see Bailey again.

30 responses to “Champ Bailey returns to practice

  1. I’m sure the thought of picking some of those jump-balls is adding to the motivation to play Thursday.

  2. Great news– for the rest of the division.

    Bailey has suddenly started aging in dog years, and the more Denver relies on him the better for receivers lining up against him.

  3. People like to forget that on December 16th of last year Torey Smith had 1 catch for 14 yards against Champ. I’m sure Torey has not forgotten that so I would doubt that he “really really wants to see him again,” as hinted at by this author.

  4. It makes the most sense that DRC gets Smith on Thursday.

    Bailey’s still inching back from injury and shouldhave an easier time agains the mystery #2 WR for the Ravens.

  5. Champ has been overrated since he played in Washington. He has been good in his career, but he has always be beatable too.

  6. It’ll be interesting to see if they match him up against smith again. I don’t expect the same success but it will be an important battle. Without having to worry about Anquan he will have help available if need be.

    Either way close game. Can’t wait for football. And Go Ravens

  7. Meh. Yes, Champ had a bad game against Smith, but it’s far from all on him. Jack Del Rio needs to get a good chunk of the blame for consistently leaving a 35-year-old corner manned up against one of the fastest receivers in the league with no safety help over the top. Bailey is still a hell of a corner, and he played on an island a ton last season and was very effective most of the time. But it’s not realistic to expect him to run like he did when he was 29– Denver should have played more two-deep looks, especially after Smith got behind him the first time.

  8. Smith is one of the up and coming receivers in the league. May never be one of the greats but he has talent and a great work ethic. Interested to see the matchup.

  9. LOL…. So that’s the haters angle now…”jump balls “. It was Flacco couldn’t win the big game. Well he threw jump balls all the way to the Super Bowl MVP

  10. Funny how the media and all the talking heads are all talking about the Denver defense and the Ravens losing Boldin..BUT what they aren’t talking about is that the Raven defense was pretty bad last year because Reed and Ray were washed up and SLOOOOWWWW and Pollard couldn’t pass cover and Kruger was a one trick poney.

    This Raven defense this year will be lights out and Manning will have real trouble moving the ball Thursday night.

    A healthy Suggs, a Healthy Halodi and a fresh Dumerville will have Manning running for his life.

  11. I agree. Ravens defense will be much improved. Contrary to popular belief. I love Ray and Ed and was lucky to see two of the all time greats play. That said. It was time. Ray knew it. Ed will soon, though I wish him luck for 15 out of the 16 games this season

  12. “A healthy Suggs, a Healthy Halodi and a fresh Dumerville will have Manning running for his life.”
    Have you really never watched Manning play? He’ll get rid of it well before they get anywhere near him.

  13. ravenmuscle says:
    This Raven defense this year will be lights out and Manning will have real trouble moving the ball Thursday night.

    How in the world do you guess that the Ravens defense will be lights out? I agree that those three pass rushers will be good, but who, on the Ravens D, will cover Thomas, Decker, Welker, Tamme, etc.? If they start “getting to Manning” (which is possible), I’m sure Denver’s coaching staff will start running shorter patterns for the receivers or run the ball more in order to get the D to back off the rush and the ball out quicker.

    While I agree that Reed & Lewis were slow, the Ravens will miss their leadership greatly. Who’s the play caller for the D (not the coach, the player)?

  14. Not worried about Champ over the overrated DRC (he’s a walking PI penalty), I’m worried about Denver best corner, Chris Harris. He’s way underrated.

    Harris IS very underrated. Calling him better than Champ is just silly, though. Bailey consistently matched up with the other teams’ best receivers last year, and frequently played with no safety help when Denver was in one-deep looks. Harris had a fine season, but he also had safety coverage rolled to his side on a regular basis, and was generally matched up against lesser players. He’s a strong #2 corner and beast nickel, but he’s not better than Champ.

  15. The Champ is old as you all saw what Torrey of the house of Torries did to him, he may be the best corner on the Broncos roster, but he is getting long in the tooth nothing wrong with that. It may be a long night yet again on Thursday.

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