Calgary Herald

Champ puts stamp on 10th Pro Bowl

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Champ Bailey is heading to his 10th Pro Bowl, a record for cornerback­s. The Denver Broncos captain was notified by the NFL on Thursday that he was being added to the AFC roster, replacing Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha, who is skipping the all-star game for medical reasons. The Raiders haven’t said what’s wrong with Asomugha, but he missed two games this year after spraining an ankle against Seattle on Oct. 31. He was limited in practice the rest of the season, but managed to play the final six games. Bailey missed the final game of the season, against San Diego, because of a bruised right heel that bothered him almost the entire season, but only sidelined him for the finale.

Bailey’s 10th Pro Bowl appearance will break a tie he held with Hall of Famer Mike Haynes for most Pro Bowl appearance­s by a cornerback.

“I’m very excited to represent the AFC and the Denver Broncos at the Pro Bowl,” Bailey said in a statement. “It’s a great honour to play on the same field with the NFL’s best.”

Bailey joins wide receiver Brandon Lloyd as the Broncos’ representa­tives at the game Sunday in Honolulu.

It might also mark the last time Bailey represents the Broncos. The new front office regime will decide Bailey’s future in Denver this off-season. He might become a free agent if the Broncos don’t reissue a contract extension offer they withdrew in October or slap a franchise tag on him.

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