It appears that age is finally catching up to Champ Bailey.
The Denver Broncos cornerback will be missing his eighth game of the season and his second straight this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers with a foot injury. This is the same foot that he injured in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks and aggravated against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Broncos should be okay without a key part to their pass defense but at 35-years old, Bailey is not getting any younger. Injuries are catching up to him, and he is a shell of his former self. Having only played one full game this entire season, is it time for Bailey to call it quits on his NFL career?
Bailey has been one of the best coverage corners in the entire league, especially in his nine years with the Broncos. Having been to 10 Pro Bowls, that he’s considered one of the best defensive players to ever play the game is quite the accomplishment. He could be the one of the best corners to never win a Super Bowl, but that can hopefully change this season.
That said, it is important for Bailey to recover. Perhaps he will be at 100 percent when it comes to the end of the season. Hopefully he will see the field again this season and that will bring a boost to the Broncos’ defense as they continue their quest for football’s ultimate prize.