DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13: Cornerback Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos plays defense against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-19. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Champ Bailey says he's ready for an increased workload as the Denver Broncos scramble to make up for the loss of shutdown cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
Harris tore his left ACL in Denver's win over San Diego on Sunday, the latest of five defensive starters to land on IR for the Broncos (14-3), who host the New England Patriots (13-4) Sunday for the AFC title.
After Harris got hurt, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers targeted Harris' replacement, 12-year veteran Quentin Jammer, repeatedly in staging a second-half rally that fell short.
Bailey played in a career-low five games this season because of a nagging left foot he originally sprained in mid-August. He played the final two games and the divisional playoff in the slot, leaving Harris and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the outside.
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