Champ Bailey is hopeful to play in the Broncos’ first game of the 2013 NFL season as he returned to the practice field on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. The veteran cornerback has been nursing a sprained foot in the preseason game against the Seahawks and has oft been seen sporting an orthopedic boot and crutches since the injury.
Bailey’s initial injury report ruled him out of the Broncos lineup for “several weeks.” Bailey was determined to be healthy enough for this Thursday’s opening game against the Baltimore Ravens; his return to practice is creating some excitement in Dove Valley among players and coaches.
"It's excellent” defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson said. "Seeing him walking is knowing that he's close to getting healed, so it's all the better for this defense for him to come back and help."
“It's always good to have him out there," said head coach John Fox.
While Bailey’s return to the practice field shows significant progress to his injured foot, it is still uncertain whether Bailey will play in Thursday’s opener. His status remains even more unclear as he sat out of yesterday's practice session. Bailey is on track to be back in the Broncos’ lineup by Week 2 at the latest.
If Bailey is ruled out of the game against Baltimore, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Chris Harris will be made responsible to cover the Ravens’ speedy receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones.