When Champ Bailey was forced to miss the last two games due to injury, Cassius Vaughn was ready to step in.
In those two games, Vaughn, who joined the Broncos as a college free agent last season, made 11 tackles and is now tied for the team lead with two pass breakups.
Bailey took notice of the second-year player’s improvement.
“The only way you really get better is by playing,” Bailey said after practice on Thursday. “Cassius, he’s always telling me how much more comfortable he is now that he’s getting a lot of snaps. That’s what experience does for you, it makes you feel more comfortable out there. I know the more he plays, the better he’ll be.”
Despite not being able to join Vaughn on the field for the past two games, Bailey has tried to help the younger player out on the sideline during games.
“We talk all the time,” Bailey said. “He asks me a lot of questions and I try to give him as much knowledge as I can. He’s a young player and he’s growing into his own, but he definitely needs some guidance in some areas, just because this is the NFL and if you don’t have a lot of experience at it, it’s going to be tough for you.”
Here is the full injury report from Denver and Green Bay for Thursday.
For Denver: Receiver Eddie Royal (groin), tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) and receiver Demaryius Thomas (finger) did not participate. Dumervil (shoulder), Marcus Thomas (groin) and Bailey (hamstring) were limited. Moreno (hamstring) and Williams (elbow) participated in full.
For Green Bay: Safety Nick Collins (neck), defensive end Mike Neal (knee) and linebacker Frank Zombo (shoulder) are out for this week’s game. Tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee), running back Ryan Grant (kidney), linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) and cornerback Charles Woodson (foot/knee) did not practice. Tight end Jermichael Finley (ankle), linebacker Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), cornerback Pat Lee (back), linebacker Clay Matthews (quadricep), and cornerback Tramon Williams (shoulder) were limited. Tackle Chad Clifton (knee), defensive end Ryan Pickett (foot) and linebacker Vic So’oto (back) participated in full.
Below are photos from Thursday’s practice session, courtesy of Gray Caldwell.