NFL notebook: Broncos' Bailey taking uncertainty in stride
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is handling the uncertainty of his sprained foot in stride.
He remains day-to-day and limited in practice, but when he answers questions about the foot he injured in a preseason loss to Seattle on Aug. 17, he does so patiently, with acceptance of his predicament.
"So I seem patient?" asked Bailey, rhetorically. "Oh, man, I'm fooling somebody."
Bailey worked on a limited basis in five consecutive practices dating back to Sept. 19, when the Broncos began preparing for the Raiders. Denver didn't need him against the run-centric Raiders on "Monday Night Football" but with backup cornerback Tony Carter nursing an ankle injury and the Eagles more apt to flourish in three-wide receiver formations, the need for the Pro Bowl cornerback increases exponentially this week.
Bailey described the injury as "nagging" and acknowledged Sept. 20 that he'll be dealing with pain for the foreseeable future.
"It's mainly my call because it's my foot and only I know how it feels," he said of gaining clearance to be on the field Sunday. "They're going to listen to me and I appreciate that from them. It is up to my body and if it feels right, ready to go."
And it's also up to what his body can tolerate.
Bailey noted that he still has issues with "little things," and when he warmed up before Monday's game, he was gingerly backpedaling. That's a dead giveaway for NFL receivers that Bailey isn't himself.
"I don't want to go out there and be half-stepping," Bailey said. "This is the NFL. You can't go out there half-stepping and think you're going to get the job done."
Detroit Lions: Wide receiver Nate Burleson underwent surgery Wednesday to repair two broken bones in his forearm, sustained during a one-car accident early Tuesday morning. He has not been put on injured reserve.
"It's just too early to put any kind of timetable on those things. Every person heals at a different rate," coach Jim Schwartz said. "Each position is a little bit different when it comes to how quickly you can come back from different stuff. All indications are that it has gone well, as far as the surgery goes. It's not just the surgery, it's the rehab and how the body reacts. Like I said before, he'll be back. How long it takes, we really don't know."
The Lions will start second-year wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who is working back to full speed after a second ACL surgery in 2012.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh showed up on the injury report Thursday with a knee injury. He was limited in practice. The Lions expect him to play Sunday.
Chicago Bears: Cornerback Zack Bowman returned Thursday to full participation at practice after missing part of Wednesday's practice with knee soreness. Bowman is expected to be the backup for right cornerback Charles Tillman, who missed his second straight practice Thursday due to knee soreness and a groin strain. Coaches still expect Tillman to play.
Cleveland Browns: Punter Spencer Lanning, the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, worked as the placekicker again Thursday. Billy Cundiff (quad strain) is expected to play Sunday. If he's unable to play, Lanning would perform all kicking duties Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Indianapolis Colts: Safety Antoine Bethea (toe) fully practiced Thursday after limited work Wednesday. Bethea has had issues with his toe for the last two weeks. He saw limited work in practice last week and wore a walking boot for a few days. Bethea did start against the 49ers last Sunday. He is expected to start this week at Jacksonville.
New York Giants: Offensive line changes are coming, but it seems not even the players know what to expect. Center David Baas (neck) remains unable to practice, and was not present during the part of the practice open to the media. Baas appears to be a long shot to be active on Sunday. Right guard Chris Snee (hip) was not at practice, either. According to sources, Snee's inflamed hip remains sore. It is "highly unlikely" that he'll be able to play on Sunday at Kansas City. David Diehl worked out in a limited capacity at guard and tackle. Diehl (thumb) said he did a little more on Thursday than he had on Wednesday and could play Sunday.
Washington Redskins: Tight end Fred Davis was limited again Thursday with the ankle sprain suffered last Friday that kept him out of the Week 3 game against Detroit. Tight end Jordan Reed, who left the Detroit game with a bruised right quad, didn't practice again on Thursday. Next up on the depth chart would be Logan Paulsen, who had four catches for 51 yards last week.