Champ Bailey hopes he’s ready to finish season strong


Champ Bailey has tried coming back from his preseason foot injury twice before.

This time, the Broncos cornerback hopes to get through a game.

Bailey’s expected to play Sunday against the Texans, hoping to shore up a secondary that will be without Kayvon Webster.

I feel good about what I can do,” Bailey said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “I think now it’s just being smart about how I go about doing it, and making sure I don’t have any setbacks, and I don’t wear myself down or anything like that. The good thing is I’m fresh, and I’m ready to go.”

He ought to be fresh, having played eight quarters. The 35-year-old Bailey said he’s hoping to work his way back now, so he can make up for a rough playoff performance last year.

“Just make sure I’m ready — physically, mentally, emotionally, everything,” Bailey said. “It’s just not a physical game, but the mental part is a big part of it. I just have to make sure I’m completely ready.”

The Broncos might not need it to close out the regular season against weak competition with a playoff berth secured, but they need him ready for the games against better competition that’s coming soon.