Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) on the sidelines in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - It seems Champ Bailey has been wearing a poker face instead of a game face the past few weeks.
The Denver Broncos' injured cornerback said Thursday after practice that the mere appearance he has been patient with his foot injury is purely a ruse.
"I seem patient?" Bailey said to reporters. "Oh, man, I'm fooling somebody. It's been tough. It still is tough because it's still up in the air."
Bailey returned to practice last week on a limited basis and is trying to be ready to play Sunday at home against Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. Bailey has been sidelined since the Aug. 17 preseason game because of a sprained left foot.
His availability for Sunday's game remains questionable. He again practiced Thursday but on a limited basis.
"It's mainly my call because it's my foot and only I know how it feels," Bailey said. "They're going to listen to me and I appreciate that from them.
"I don't want to go out there and be half-stepping. This is the NFL. You can't go out there half-stepping and think you're going to get the job done."
Third-year corner Chris Harris has replaced Bailey in the lineup. Harris has two interceptions and three pass deflections in three games.
At the other corner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who spent the past two seasons with the Eagles, is getting flak from his former teammates before they even get to town. He's already heard from a few of the Eagles, including star wide receiver DeSean Jackson (19 receptions, 359 yards).
"He hit me up on the phone and was like, 'You know it's me and you this weekend. We're going to go at it,' " Rodgers-Cromartie said. "But that's just a challenge and I'm looking forward to."
Broncos backup corner Tony Carter (ankle) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis.
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