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Champ Bailey: Foot can handle increased workload if that's the answer to Chris Harris injury

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    Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey smiles during a news conference at the NFL Denver Broncos football training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The Broncos are scheduled to play the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (The Associated Press)

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    Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, left, watches as players stretch at the NFL Denver Broncos football training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The Broncos are scheduled to play the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (The Associated Press)

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    Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey listens to a question at a news conference at the NFL Denver Broncos football training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The Broncos are scheduled to play the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (The Associated Press)

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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