Champ Bailey, Dreessen back at practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos went from receiving crushing injury news when they moved left tackle Ryan Clady to injured reserve Wednesday to a hint of good Thursday when cornerback Champ Bailey and tight end Joel Dreessen returned to practice for the first time since August.

Bailey (left foot) and Dreessen (knee) were both limited in the workout, but it was the first time Bailey had practiced since suffering his injury in the Aug. 17 preseason loss in Seattle and Dreessen’s first practice since the first full week of training camp.

On Bailey, Fox said:

“He was limited, we’re going to ease him back. It’s good to have him back out there, he’s been staying in it, in the meetings, he is a team captain for a reason … we’ll see day to day how it goes and maybe as early as this Monday night.’’

Barring a setback in the coming days, Bailey is expected to be in position to play at least some Monday night against the Oakland Raiders. Dreessen could be in position to play too, which would help the Broncos if they want to use a two-tight-end look a little more.

Safety Duke Ihenacho (right ankle) was limited Thursday while long-snapper Aaron Brewer (rib), running back C.J. Anderson (knee), cornerback Omar Bolden (left shoulder), wide receiver Wes Welker (left ankle), wide receiver Eric Decker (right shoulder), guard Chris Kuper (ankle) all practiced fully.