Time is the one opponent no athlete can escape. Eventually the clock will run out.
"I've got to get my mind back right, got to get my body back right," Bailey said, per The Denver Post. "That combination, plus being 35, it's tough. It's a tough game. It's a young man's game."
"We knew we weren't going to try to play him 80 snaps on the first day back," Del Rio said. "The plan was to rotate him through and not have him play too much in the first game back in (six) weeks."
It's smart for the Broncos to keep Bailey -- who's missed nine of 12 games this season -- on a snap count, but don't let Del Rio fool you. If Bailey were his old self, he would have been on the field for the crucial drive.
There were questions in the offseason about Bailey moving to safety. Those questions will multiply this season, if the cornerback decides he wants to play a 16th season.