Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship Game 2014: Broncos CB Champ Bailey says the 'pitch count' doesn't exist Sunday


Experience matters the most sometimes in the NFL Playoffs and the Denver Broncos have one of the most experienced players on their side in future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey. This season, though, he’s been used in a limited role after recovering from injury.

But, with starting cornerback Chris Harris out for Sunday’s pivotal game against the New England Patriots, Bailey knows that he needs to step his game up in a huge way, therefore he’s about had it with the limitations.

“(The pitch count) doesn’t exist this week,” Bailey told USA Today’s Lindsay Jones. “Whatever it takes.”

In last week’s win over the San Diego Chargers, the veteran played just 29 of 52 snaps. But with Harris out, that should change significantly, and Bailey will be prepared for it as he has always been in his illustrious career.

“I’m ready for whatever they want me to do,” Bailey said this week. “That is the way I prepare. I’ve never not prepared like that. It wouldn’t be a surprise if that was the case.”

There’s no question that Bailey would love for nothing more than to play a crucial role in getting himself to the Super Bowl, a place that he has never been in his entire career.

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