Twelve days after suffering a strained quadriceps muscle against San Diego, cornerback Champ Bailey was back on the practice field at Dove Valley on Friday afternoon, but was limited in his on-field work and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Just a little individual drills, a couple of periods,” Bailey said. “I didn’t want to push it too much, because one thing about muscle strains — you can set yourself back, and I don’t want to do that.”
Bailey said that if the game were today he would “probably make myself go,” but acknowledged that the quad injury may preclude that.
“If I feel like I can go 100 percent I will definitely go out there,” he said. “I’ve got to take care of my body one way or another, but one thing I do want to do is be accountable and I want to be out there if I can. But I’ve got to be honest with myself and my health. I can’t just go out there and risk making it worse than what it is.”
Added Head Coach Mike Shanahan: “He’s a pro and he’s been doing this for a while and will know if he can or can’t play. Champ is pretty direct. He’s a very tough player. Obviously we’d like to help our football team win, but he knows if he’s injured or not. We’ll find that out before the game.”
Wide receiver Javon Walker also underwent his knee surgery Friday morning in Houston.
“It went well,” Shanahan said. “How long is it going to be, I really don’t know. The doctor that operated on him estimated it at six weeks, so we’ll get a better feel probably in the next week or so.”
Defensive tackle Antwon Burton and running back Paul Smith were added to the injury report; both fully participated in Friday’s practice. Burton has a back problem and is listed as probable, while a neck injury has Smith listed as questionable.