Champ Bailey said after practice today that he is taking his injury day-by-day. Bailey injured his groin against the New England Patriots, and he hasn’t seen any game action since.
There was hope he could play last week, but he sat out the game. He participated on a limited basis in yesterday and today’s practice, so his status for this week is still up in the air.
“This thing is a tricky injury — it is something I have never dealt with,” Bailey said. “What I am trying to do is trying to work my way back in there as quick as I can, but trying to be patient at the same time.”
He said he sometimes feels like he’s not being accountable by not playing, but everything’s been made easier by the fact that the team has found a way to win twice in his absence.
“That is the good thing about all the games that I have missed in my career — we have only lost one,” he said. “That is great. Young guys get a chance to step up.”
Sunday’s game against the Raiders marks the “anniversary” of Eddie Royal’s breakout game against Oakland the first time around.
Royal caught nine passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in the contest — a game that Brandon Marshall missed. A reporter asked Royal today if Marshall has been getting on him that he’s going to have to share those catches this time around.
“A little bit,” Royal laughed. “You know Brandon, he always wants the ball. But we’re having a great week of practice so far and we feel great going in.”
The rookie said he’s excited to be back home again after two consecutive road games.
“It’s always good to come home with our fans,” he said. “We’ve got the best fans in the league, so it’s going to be a tough place for Oakland to play. I’m excited to get back out there.”
The team got some bad news today when it was announced that Nate Jackson was put on injured reserve with a hamstring injury he suffered yesterday at practice.
The extra roster spot was filled when Chad Mustard was brought back to the team — the second time he’s been re-signed after being waived this season.
He said it has never crossed his mind to call it a career after he’s been waived.
“I think the guys that think that are the guys that don’t ever get back,” Mustard said. “I am still interested in playing football. I still have some games left in this old body of mine. I try and keep that attitude out of my head.”
Did it even cross his mind for a second to say no when the Broncos called?
“I am living the dream,” he said. “Who would turn that down?”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Now here are some shots from today’s practice.