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Friday, September 20, 2013
Champ Bailey says he's closing on return

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said Friday that if he continues to progress through the weekend, he can see himself in uniform Monday night against the Raiders.

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Bailey returned to practice this week for the first time since suffering a left foot injury in the Aug. 17 preseason loss in Seattle. He was held out of the Broncos' first two games.

“I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m definitely close, very close,’’ Bailey said following practice. “ … If I keep progressing like I am, having successful days, days like this, I’ll be ready.’’

Bailey was formally listed as “limited’’ on the Broncos’ injury report.

“Barring any setbacks, I’ll be out there as soon as possible,’’ Bailey said.

Tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) also practiced for the second consecutive day. Safety Duke Ihenacho (right ankle) was limited Thursday and long snapper Aaron Brewer (rib), running back C.J. Anderson (knee), cornerback Omar Bolden (left shoulder), wide receiver Wes Welker (left ankle), wide receiver Eric Decker (right shoulder), guard Chris Kuper (ankle) all practiced fully.

Tight end Jacob Tamme was excused for personal reasons.