Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 10/3/11
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Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has hardly left the sideline since this picture was taken in the 2011 preseason. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey‘s hamstring held him out of his third straight game Sunday, a brutal 49-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He won’t let it become a fourth.

Bailey, after the game, per the Denver Post: “I’m definitely playing next week.”

That’s the talk of a frustrated man. A man who is tired of sitting on the sidelines watching his team lose. Whether his frustrations are borne of the team’s medical staff, his hamstring, or himself for playing it safe, he decided to bypass any such concerns with a promise to play next week.

Maybe Bailey’s promise also came as a reaction to his coach’s words. John Fox didn’t sound too thrilled about Bailey missing the game either.

“I think missing Champ Bailey didn’t really help matters much with multiple wideouts,” Fox said. “I think that’s why we saw so much of it.”

Is it odd to hear Fox call out a single player as a reason for defeat like that? I’d say so. Fox isn’t blaming Bailey, but he is making a noted departure from “next man up” coach speak to state the obvious: the Broncos needed their most talented player against their most talented opponent Sunday afternoon.

I hope Bailey and Bailey’s hamstring are good on the former’s promise. The Broncos could use the talent boost to match another talented tandem in Week 5: San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, WR Vincent Jackson and TE Antonio Gates.


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