Bailey back with style

December, 21, 2008
12/21/08
4:30
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Champ Bailey is back.

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After missing the past seven games with a torn groin, Bailey is back in the lineup Sunday against Buffalo and he made an instant impact.

On the first play, Bailey, who hasn't played since Oct. 20 at New England, made a tackle in run support after a 1-yard gain by Marshawn Lynch. On the second play, Bailey came in on a cornerback blitz and blasted Bills quarterback Trent Edwards for a 5-yard loss. Edwards fumbled the ball after being hammered by Bailey. The Bills recovered the ball.

Bailey came up from the ground, yelling and pumping his fists. Bailey is known for being calm and relaxed on the field. He was obviously looking forward to getting back on the field.

Earlier in the week, Denver coach Mike Shanahan called Bailey the greatest defensive back ever to play in the NFL.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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