Lions work out veteran CB Champ Bailey

ALLEN PARK (WXYZ) - Champ Bailey worked out for the Lions this morning as the team continued preparing for Monday's season opener against the Giants.

While workouts are a part of every week in the NFL with most teams, when a player with Bailey's pedigree is brought to town, specific questions soon follow.

Head Coach Jim Caldwell declined to specifically address Bailey's workout, but said the team would "let you know if we sign anybody."

When asked if any player signed this late in the week could contribute on Monday night, Caldwell said, "It depends on who it is."

Lions CB Rashean Mathis, who was added to last year's roster under similar circumstances, shared his thoughts on Bailey's workout.

"It's not like he's a two to three year guy," said Mathis. "He's an experienced guy. He's here for a reason so he wants to be here. You want it because you show up. You accept the call. But other than that, you let the front office do their job and you try to do what you do on the field and that's all you can control."

Bailey is a seven-time All-Pro who has played in the NFL since 1999. Last season, he suffered through foot injuries in Denver that hindered his abilty to make the New Orleans Saints roster this summer.

While his agent has said Bailey is 100% healthy, questions linger about his age and whether his body can still handle the demands and rigors of an NFL season.

"You can substitute for a lot of things, but knowledge isn't one of them," said Mathis. "He knows the game. He knows football. When you have that much playing experience, the coaches know you know just as much as them when it comes to on the field stuff."

Bailey declined to comment after his workout.

 


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