Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey will miss Week 8 with a nagging left foot injury, according to the Denver Post’s Mike Klis. Bailey missed the first five games of the regular season with the injury, but returned for the Broncos last two games.
Defense was the backbone of Lovie Smith’s teams for nine years, but the core has all aged together at the same time. Julius Peppers is broken, and the pass rush has been pathetic. The Bears ranked No. 30 in the league with just nine sacks all season. It’s put more pressure on the secondary, which hasn’t been up for the task. The corners are still great — though Charles Tillman hasn’t been close to 100 percent healthy all season — but the safeties are awful. Chris Conte’s fingerprints have been all over seemingly every big play Chicago has given up this year. When you can’t pressure Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China the quarterback or effectively defend deep balls, it spells trouble.
The Bears rely on interceptions and fumble recoveries just as they did under Smith, and they’re still great at it. Chicago is second in the NFL with 18 takeaways. Problem is, that’s the only way they can stop anyone.
Without Briggs, opposing offenses might hang 50 points on the Bears every week. It certainly doesn’t feel like a stretch for the next game against the Packers, even if many of Aaron Rodgers’ weapons are banged up.
The Broncos hope that Bailey’s injury will only keep him out of action for a week, per Klis. Broncos head coach John Fox said during his press conference on Tuesday that Bailey was considered “week-to-week.” Bailey left the Broncos’ Week 7 loss to the Colts on Sunday night in the second quarter of the game. He did not return.
A 15-year veteran, Bailey had only missed 14 games in Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys his first 14 years in the league. The Broncos play Bailey’s former team, the Redskins, in Week 8, but have a bye in Week 9. Bailey could return in Week 10 when Denver faces the Chargers on Nov. 10.