Champ Bailey ready to return, not retire

ARNIE STAPLETON (AP Pro Football Writer)
The Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey watches from the sidelines during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Denver. Bailey isn't going to pull a Ray Lewis and inspire his team down the stretch and into the playoffs by declaring this is his last hurrah. Asked if he's thinking about retirement after his most trying season, one in which he's missed 11 games with a nagging foot injury, the Denver Broncos' 35-year-old cornerback laughed. "Oh no, I'm thinking about winning on Sunday," he said. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Champ Bailey ready to return, not retire

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey watches from the sidelines during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Denver. Bailey isn't going to pull a Ray Lewis and inspire his team down the stretch and into the playoffs by declaring this is his last hurrah. Asked if he's thinking about retirement after his most trying season, one in which he's missed 11 games with a nagging foot injury, the Denver Broncos' 35-year-old cornerback laughed. "Oh no, I'm thinking about winning on Sunday," he said. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Champ Bailey isn't going to pull a Ray Lewis and inspire his team down the stretch and into the playoffs by declaring this is his last hurrah.

Asked if retirement was on his mind after enduring the most trying season of his stellar career, one in which he's missed 11 games with a nagging foot injury, the Denver Broncos' 35-year-old cornerback chortled.

With rookie Kayvon Webster out following surgery on his right thumb this week, Bailey is expected to play in Denver's nickel and dime packages when the Broncos (11-3) visit the Houston Texans (2-12).

It will be just his fourth game of the season.

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