Bailey in a slump?

A year after having a nearly flawless season and almost winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has had a mostly quiet 2007.

Bailey allowed a game-tying touchdown to Bears receiver Bernard Berrian in the final minute of last week's game. Even more surprising was that the Bears picked on him in the first place. That rarely happened last year.

Bailey's numbers are down this season. He had 18 interceptions and 58 passes broken up in 2005 and 2006. This year he has two interceptions and has broken up six passes.

"You guys want to make it seem like if I don't make those numbers every year then I'm not doing anything," Bailey said. "It's your perception. I really don't care what you think. It's really in this locker room, that's all that matters."

This season Bailey also gave up a 79-yard touchdown to Packers rookie James Jones, who hasn't scored another touchdown since. Against Berrian, Rex Grossman pump-faked Bailey's way and then hit Berrian to his outside shoulder.

"Nine times out of 10 I'm going to make that play," Bailey said. "They just got me on that one."

Bailey explained his drop in numbers by saying he hasn't gotten many chances.

"People are not throwing deep balls at my side like they did last year," Bailey said. "The opportunities are definitely going down. But I still got some chances to make some plays, and I've got to make them."

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Travis Henry practiced Thursday and should be ready to play this week. Henry is the likely starter, but hasn't played in three weeks and probably won't have his normal workload.

--RB Selvin Young practiced for the second straight day Thursday and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he should be able to play Sunday. Young sat out last week's game with a knee injury.

--WR Javon Walker was not limited in practice on Thursday. He was limited Wednesday. Walker will get more playing time as he continues to heal from a knee injury.

--WR Brandon Stokley, who has a minor knee injury, went through a full practice Thursday. He will be ready to play this week.

--RB Andre Hall was the only Broncos player who missed practice Thursday. He might go Friday, but has a high ankle sprain and is unlikely to play this week.



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