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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Champ Bailey closing in on first game

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey continued to make progress Thursday toward his first game appearance of the season, Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bailey was a full practice participant for the second consecutive day and pronounced himself to be feeling better than at any other point since he suffered the injury on Aug. 17.

“They kind of gave me a time frame of when they thought I would be ready,’’ Bailey said. “But it’s really based on how much I can tolerate, and this is probably the best I’ve felt, this is the best I’ve felt in a long time.’’

Asked if he had any concerns about his play when he comes back, Bailey said, "I'm not worried at all. When I step on the field I feel like I'm ready. If I'm not ready I won't go. I'm not worried about rust or anything like that.''

Cornerback Chris Harris, who suffered a concussion against the Cowboys last weekend, took part in Thursday’s practice on a limited basis. Harris, per the league’s concussion protocol, is on track to practice fully Friday since he returned to practice after a cognitive exam this week. Defensive end Robert Ayers (left shoulder) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (neck) were held out of practice for a second consecutive day. The two continue to be question marks.

Everyone else on the Broncos' roster took part fully in Thursday’s practice.