Champ Bailey Eyes Sunday Return

By: AP
By: AP
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Injured cornerback Champ Bailey practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and was cautiously optimistic he could rejoin the Denver Broncos in time to play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Bailey has been sidelined since Oct. 20, when he suffering a groin injury against New England.

"I did a little bit of everything today," Bailey said. "It turned out OK. I'm thinking positive, so I feel like I'll be ready."

Bailey's return would provide a needed lift for the Broncos. They are looking to bounce back from last week's loss to the underdog Oakland Raiders but face a major test Sunday against Brett Favre and the New York Jets, who are seeking their sixth straight victory.

Physically, Bailey said, he feels the injury has pretty much healed, and he intends to find out for sure this week.

"I think it's more mental for me now, just to get over worrying about what's going to happen if I go too fast," he said. "Actually, I think now is the time for me to push myself and just try to get my confidence back. I think it's good, but it all depends on how this week goes."

Meanwhile, linebackers D.J Williams (knee) and Nate Webster (knee) also returned to practice on a limited basis. Denver Coach Mike Shanahan said the availability of Williams and Webster may not be decided until game day.

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