Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Denver might call on Bailey

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Champ Bailey says he's ready for an increased workload as the Broncos scramble to make up for the loss of shutdown cornerback Chris Harris while preparing to play the Patriots in Sunday's AFC title game.

Harris tore his left ACL during the win over the Chargers.

"I'm ready for whatever they want me to do," said Bailey, a 15-year veteran and three-time All-Pro seeking his first trip to the Super Bowl. "That's the way I prepare."

After Harris got hurt, Chargers QB Philip Rivers targeted Harris' replacement, 12-year veteran Quentin Jammer, repeatedly during a second-half rally that fell short only after QB Peyton Manning and the offense ran out the final 3:53 of the 24-17 win.

Bailey played in a career-low five games this season because of a sprained left foot sustained during a preseason game Aug. 17. He played the final two regular-season games and the division playoff in the slot, leaving Harris and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the outside.

If Denver decides not to go with Jammer, it might match Bailey up with Tom Brady's favorite target, Julian Edelman. That also would mean more playing time for former FSU standout Tony Carter and/or former USF standout Kayvon Webster.

Bailey sounded as though he has confidence his foot can hold up for a full game, which wasn't the case when he played at Kansas City on Dec. 1. He missed the second half of that game and was inactive for the next two weeks before returning in a reduced role.

Asked if he could go back to his old spot at left cornerback, Bailey said, "I'm ready to do whatever they ask me to do. We're still putting together what we're going to do this week. If that is what it comes down to, then I'll be ready for it."

Brady sits: Tom Brady did not practice, but multiple media reports said he will play Sunday. Coach Bill Belichick said only to look at the injury report, which said Brady had an illness and sore right shoulder. WR Aaron Dobson practiced for the first time since aggravating a foot injury in Week 17. His status hasn't been determined.

Harvin sits: Seahawks WR Percy Harvin, who sustained a concussion Saturday, did not practice. Coach Pete Carroll said the former Florida Gator met with doctors but there was no update on his status for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

49ers: Starting LB Ahmad Brooks missed practice with an illness. The team did not disclose its severity.

Referee: Terry McAulay will referee a Super Bowl for the third time. McAulay, in his 13th season as a referee, worked the Super Bowl in 2005, won by New England over Philadelphia, and 2009, won by Pittsburgh over Arizona.

Denver might call on Bailey 01/15/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    You wonder if the scouting reports and/or workload are catching up to rookie RHP Jake Faria. The bottom line wasn't bad again, three runs in 51/3 innings, but he's having to work harder to get there.

  3. Rays journal: Chris Archer eager for eventful final stretch

    The Heater

    TORONTO — RHP Chris Archer takes the mound today for the Rays as they head into the final 40 games of the season with little margin for error as they battle for an American League playoff spot.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) takes a moment on the mound in the second inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  4. Tim Tebow's slump continues, as does fan support


    CLEARWATER — On July 29, playing against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tim Tebow smacked a mammoth three-run homer, helping the St. Lucie Mets cruise to a 10-3 victory at Charlotte Sports Park.

    St. Lucie’s Tim Tebow, shown Monday at Spectrum Field, struggled at the plate Wednesday against the Threshers.
  5. Rays at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. Thursday

    The Heater

    Today: at Blue Jays

    4:07, Rogers Centre, Toronto

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Rays info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84)

    JAYS: RH Chris Rowley (1-0, 1.69)