Bailey: Hamstring Makes Recovery ‘Tricky’

Champ Bailey

BAILEY: ... "I don't expect to miss too much time."

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Another day spent watching practice meant another day in limbo for cornerback Champ Bailey, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game but hasn’t taken a practice-field repetition this week since injuring his hamstring Monday night.

“I don’t feel as good as I want to feel. I’m doing everything I can to get out there,” Bailey said.

“I don’t want to make it worse. Hamstrings can be tricky. I’ve definitely got to be careful about it. I’m pushing myself as hard as I can without messing it up.”

Bailey knows the balance he must exercise with this injury, having experienced a hamstring injury early in the 2005 season that sidelined him two games.

“It’s similar,” Bailey said. “It could take as long as that; it may not. I missed a game or two with that one. I don’t expect to miss too much (time).”

The Pro Bowler also dismissed the notion that he would sacrifice games in September solely so he could be available in November, December and January.

“I treat every week the same. I want to play,” Bailey said. “Early in the season or late, it doesn’t matter. I like being out there. I hate missing anything. That’s just my motivation.”

Cassius Vaughn replaced Bailey at cornerback during the fourth quarter Monday and would likely do so again Sunday if Bailey is scratched. Post-cutdown pickup Jonathan Wilhite would also see his playing time increase, moving up to nickelback.

Bailey said he couldn’t offer much advice to them, except to “just play your butt off.”

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Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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