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11-29-2005, 06:32 AM
Bailey thinks Chiefs will be ready
Broncos cornerback doesn't expect effort to be issue this time

By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News
November 29, 2005

ENGLEWOOD - Champ Bailey will be jacked up Sunday, but he probably won't be miked up for a return engagement against the Kansas City Chiefs.

It's only because he hasn't been asked by CBS.

"I won't turn it down," he said with a smile.

The Denver Broncos cornerback miffed Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil when, during the Sept. 26 game between the teams, Bailey questioned Kansas City's effort during a 30-10 Broncos victory while wearing a microphone for ABC's nationally televised broadcast.

Vermeil shot back the next day that none of his players doubted Bailey when the Chiefs beat the Broncos 45-17 in December at Arrowhead Stadium, to which Bailey said he stood by his comments and that "I was kicking their (butt), so I just said it."

Bailey maintained Monday he expected to see a different Kansas City team Sunday in the latest incarnation of the AFC West rivalry.

"We're going to their place, so I know they'll be ready," he said. "I don't think they weren't ready last time, it was one of those things that we were playing so hard it didn't matter who we were playing or how hard they were playing. We were going to make you look bad."

Does Bailey regret his original statement about the Chiefs not playing hard?

"It didn't feel like it," he said, adding Kansas City playing harder at home isn't unusual because "you're going to get their best shot."

Bailey missed more than half of the September game. Shortly after his comments were broadcast, he pulled his left hamstring in the second quarter.

Bailey missed the next two games, but he has four interceptions in the past five games, giving him a career-most six with five games to play.

"It's been up and down. There's been some good times and good moments and some bad ones," Bailey said in summing up his season. "But I'm looking forward to this game because it's the one where I went out. I've got to go out there and play a full one in their backyard."

X FACTOR: The last two visits to Kansas City essentially have started and ended with Dante Hall touchdowns on returns.

His 97-yard return of the opening kickoff last season set the tone in a Chiefs blowout and followed a 93-yard runback of a punt in October 2003 that iced a 24-23 Chiefs victory.

Todd Sauerbrun wasn't around for either game. But the Broncos kickoff specialist/punter has played against Hall while with the Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

And he made it clear Monday he won't shy away from getting the ball in Hall's hands and letting the cover unit do its job.

"We're not playing scared to anybody," Sauerbrun said.

Hall averaged 25 yards on five kickoff returns with a long of 32 and added one 10-yard punt runback during the Broncos' September victory.

The Broncos in the past have tried to angle kicks to confine Hall to one side of the field, but he has managed to worm his way across the field anyway.

"You do that and you've already lost the first battle," Sauerbrun said. "So we're just going to do our thing, and as long as I hit good balls, our guys are going to get down and cover and good things will happen."

Stopping Hall, though, could be more complicated given the injury status of linebacker Keith Burns. The Broncos' top special-teams tackler almost certainly will not play because of sprained medial collateral and stretched posterior collateral ligaments in his right knee. He could miss up to two to three weeks.

INJURY REPORT: The Broncos are experiencing problems in one of the areas they can least afford them, offensive tackle.

The loss of Dwayne Carswell, who was injured in an automobile accident, for the season sapped some of the strength at the position. Now, Cornell Green has a second-degree separation of his left shoulder, though "there's a chance he might be able to go" Sunday, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

The Broncos have experimented with guard Taylor Whitley at tackle and could promote Erik Pears off the practice squad if Green's problem lingers.

But the most logical in-game solution should one of the two starters go down would be shifting right guard Cooper Carlisle to tackle and inserting rookie Chris Myers inside.

Running back Tatum Bell, who missed the Thanksgiving game because of a bruised chest, should be back in the lineup after the week off, though he now has a chest cold.

"I'll definitely be back this week," he said.

ETC.: The geek stat of the week: The Broncos' last Super Bowl-winning team, in 1998, lost two games, at the New York Giants and at Miami. The Broncos' losses this season are at those locations . . . Defensive end Trevor Pryce, on what he did with his three days off: "I sat around and dreaded Monday." . . . The Broncos officially released cornerback Lenny Walls, just more than one month after his last game with the team. Walls had been placed on reserve/injured list on Nov. 1 because of a groin strain but is recovered and will be a free agent unless he is claimed off waivers.

MOhillbilly
11-29-2005, 08:02 AM
what side do the injured tackles play on?

Count Alex's Losses
11-29-2005, 08:05 AM
Todd Sauerbrun made it clear Monday he won't shy away from getting the ball in Hall's hands and letting the cover unit do its job.

"We're not playing scared to anybody," Sauerbrun said.

Hall averaged 25 yards on five kickoff returns with a long of 32 and added one 10-yard punt runback during the Broncos' September victory.

The Broncos in the past have tried to angle kicks to confine Hall to one side of the field, but he has managed to worm his way across the field anyway.

"You do that and you've already lost the first battle," Sauerbrun said. "So we're just going to do our thing, and as long as I hit good balls, our guys are going to get down and cover and good things will happen."

Wow. He's just asking for trouble.

Count Alex's Losses
11-29-2005, 08:06 AM
what side do the injured tackles play on?

RT.