For the second straight day, Champ Bailey participated fully in practice.
That painted a hopeful picture, but the Pro Bowl cornerback made it even clearer after practice.
“I’m playing,” he said. “Period.”
He admitted that there are “little things” that he’ll have to overcome, but maintained that he’ll be on the field Sunday when the Chargers come to town.
“Huge,” Brian Dawkins said. “I can’t overstate the fact of what he means to us as a defense and as a teammate, period. What he brings, when I look over to my left and see him standing out there, there’s a confidence level that he just gives that I can’t explain.”
Bailey hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1 against the Raiders, and is anxious to rejoin his teammates for another AFC West battle.
“It’s big because I know these guys need me out there, and I want to be there, so I’m doing whatever it takes to get out there,” Bailey said.
Elvis Dumervil spoke for his teammates when he said the team wants to do its job against the Chargers “to give Champ a nice welcome back.”
There were two changes to the Broncos’ injury report Thursday. Daniel Fells returned to practice with limited participation after missing Wednesday with a knee injury, and Rahim Moore was added to the injury report. The rookie safety did not practice Thursday due to illness.
Everything else remained the same as Wednesday — Dawkins (ankle), Eddie Royal (groin), Demaryius Thomas (finger), Julius Thomas (ankle) and Jonathan Wilhite (illness) did not participate. Bailey (hamstring), Marcus Thomas (groin) and Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) had full participation for the second consecutive day.
For the Chargers, DE Luis Castillo (tibia), DE Jacques Cesaire (knee), TE Antonio Gates (foot) and WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) did not participate in practice for the second consecutive day. CB Quentin Jammer (hamstring), who practiced fully yesterday, did not participate in practice Thursday. C Nick Hardwick (neck) participated fully Thursday after not participating at all Wednesday.
Below are photos from Thursday’s practice: