Jan 12 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) on the bench after giving up a touchdown pass to the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey practices

The Denver Broncos listed future Hall-of-Fame cornerback Champ Bailey as a full participant in practice on Wednesday.

Bailey has missed the Broncos’ first five games with a left foot injury. He hasn’t played in a game since August 17, a preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks and hasn’t been listed as a full participant in practice since.

The Broncos have taken their time bringing Bailey back because they know they don’t necessarily need him during the early stages of the regular season. The Broncos just want to make sure Bailey is completely healthy down the stretch when they are preparing for the postseason.

“With Champ, obviously, we’ve been smart, the medical people have done a fantastic job,” Broncos head coach John Fox told Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. “He had a very, very good workout [Wednesday].”

Last season, Bailey played in all 16 games. The 15-year veteran out of Georgia had 66 tackles, two interceptions and nine passes defended.

Over the course of his decorated career, Bailey has 895 tackles, 52 interceptions and 200 passes defended.

The Broncos will host the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at 4:05 pm EST.


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