Broncos' Bailey better, but didn't practice

September, 11, 2013
9/11/13
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Cornerback Champ Bailey is closer to returning the Denver Broncos’ lineup, but the 12-time Pro Bowl selection still remains a question mark for the team’s game Sunday against the New York Giants.

Bailey, who suffered a left foot injury in the Aug. 17 preseason loss in Seattle, stepped up his on-field work with the team’s strength and conditioning coaches Wednesday, but he was held out of the team's practice. Middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard (right ankle) and tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) were also held out. Woodyard did return to the game last Thursday night after he initially suffered his injury, but experienced some pain and swelling in the days since.

The Broncos are still hopeful he can get on the practice field this week, but he did not participate in Monday’s practice either.

Wide receiver Eric Decker (right shoulder), wide receiver Wes Welker (left ankle), cornerback Omar Bolden (left shoulder), wide receiver/kick returner Trindon Holliday (left lower leg) and rookie running back C.J. Anderson (knee) were all limited. At this point, Decker, Welker and Holliday are all expected to play Sunday, as is Bolden.

Guard Chris Kuper (ankle) was also limited. Tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder) and defensive end Robert Ayers (Achilles/ankle) were on the injury report, but participated fully.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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