Posted Fri Oct 7th by Jon Heath
For the first time in three weeks, perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring) will be on the field for the Broncos on Sunday, says Champ himself.
Bailey said when Denver faces the San Diego Chargers at home, “I’m playing, period.” Recovering from an injured hamstring, Bailey fully participated in every practice session this week.
The Broncos are eager to have Bailey back, who couldn’t have chosen a better week to return as quarterback Phillip Rivers and receiver Vincent Jackson will be coming to town this weekend.
In fourteen career games against the Chargers, Bailey has recorded 73 tackles, four interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown), one forced fumble and fourteen passes defended.
Merely keeping Jackson from having an impact on Sunday is all the Broncos will be asking of Champ this week. That however, is no small task.
Officially listed as “probable”, Bailey is joined by running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (groin) and safety Rahim Moore (illness) as four recovering players that are expected to play against the Chargers.
Safety Brian Dawkins (ankle), cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (illness) and tight end Daniel Fells (knee) are “questionable.” Receivers Eddie Royal (groin) and Demaryius Thomas (finger) have been ruled out, as well as tight end Julius Thomas (ankle).
The Broncos are hopeful that all of the currently injured players will be back on the field following the team’s bye week, which comes next Sunday.
It’s great to hear Bailey will be in the secondary. If Dawkins and Wilhite are not able to go however, the Broncos nickel package will feature rookie safety Quinton Carter and undrafted rookie cornerback Chris Harris. That doesn’t sound like a recipe for success against San Diego’s high powered offense.