Bailey will be in the starting lineup against the Bears now that Takkarist McKinley (groin) has been deemed inactive, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
McKinley had been a force in the early going with seven QB hits and a sack, meaning Bailey may have to rise to the occasion if Atlanta is to generate an equivalent pass rush. Bailey played on fewer than 40 percent of the defensive snaps Weeks 1 and 2, but Sunday he'll be called on for a more crucial role against a Chicago offensive line that has surrendered 2.5 sacks per game in 2020.
Bailey agreed Wednesday with the Falcons on a one-year, $4.5 million extension that keeps him under contract through 2021, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The new contract reduces Bailey's cap hit for 2020, converting some of his base salary into a signing bonus. The 31-year-old lineman was solid but unspectacular in 2019, his first season with the Falcons, tallying 26 tackles and one sack while starting five of 15 games. Bailey had a career-high six sacks in 2018, the final season of his eight-year tenure in Kansas City.
Bailey collected 26 tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack across 15 appearances (including five starts) for the Falcons this season.
Watching his former team of eight years go to the Super Bowl without him is painful enough in its own right, but Allen also endured one of his least productive seasons from an individual perspective during 2019. The 30-year-old defensive end collected a career-high six sacks and 10 QB hits while starting 13 games for Kansas City last season, but this year he managed a measly two QB hits and collected his fewest number of tackles since 2012 (minimum six games played). He is under contract with Atlanta for one more season at a cap hit of $5.9 million, making him the 12th-highest compensated player on the Falcons and 28th-highest paid player at his position.
Bailey (personal) returned to practice Wednesday and will play in Sunday's game against the Jaguars, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Bailey missed Week 15's win over the 49ers, but he's all systems go moving forward. The veteran defensive end isn't a starter but still averages 37.5 defensive snaps per game, and he could be in line for additional work since Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Bailey (personal) has been ruled out for Atlanta's Week 15 matchup against San Francisco, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The specifics behind Bailey's absence have not been revealed, but the 30-year-old defensive end is expected to sit out his first regular-season game since 2017 when the Falcons face the 49ers on Sunday. Thus far in his debut campaign for Atlanta, Bailey has logged 24 tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack across 13 appearances (including five starts). He will be missed as the Falcons' defense takes on a 49ers front that has allowed the seventh-fewest QB hits in the NFL this season.
Bailey agreed Monday with the Falcons on a two-year, $10.5 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Atlanta lands one of the bigger names left on the free-agent market, with Bailey boasting 19.5 sacks and 61 starts in 102 games for Kansas City, including a career-high six sacks last season. He's spent most of his career playing defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, but he'll likely line up as a tackle in Atlanta's 4-3 base defense. With Grady Jarrett locked in for one starting job, Bailey figures to compete with Tyeler Davison and Jack Crawford for the other spot.
Bailey visited with the Seahawks on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bailey has already visited with the Patriots and the Panthers, so he's clearly a hot commodity. The 30-year-old spent the last eight seasons with Kansas City, and he posted 38 tackles and six sacks in 2018. If Bailey were to sign with the Seahawks, it would give Seattle more flexibility if it opted to trade Frank Clark.
Bailey will visit with the Panthers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
A 2011 third-round pick, Bailey has played all of his 102 career games for the Chiefs, recording 207 tackles (142 solo) and 19.5 sacks across eight seasons. In 2018, Bailey recorded career-high marks in sacks (six) and defensive snaps (845) while managing 38 tackles and four fumble recoveries. If the 30-year-old were to sign with the Panthers, he'd project to replace free agent Kyle Love at defensive tackle.
Bailey had seven tackles (four solo), a half-sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 40-33 win over the Raiders.
Sunday's performance was Bailey's highest tackle total since Week 6 of 2015 and he has now extended his sack streak to three games. The 29-year-old has 29 tackles and 6.5 sacks heading into the Week 14 matchup against the Ravens.
Bailey notched two tackles and one sack during Sunday's victory over the Cardinals.
The ninth-year veteran flashed on a number of plays Sunday starting with his fifth sack of the season, and an instance when he single-handedly took down All-Pro running back David Johnson behind the line of scrimmage. Bailey also had a nice quarterback hit in the red zone that led to an incompletion. Kansas City will need another productive game out of him this weekend when the Chiefs attempt to slow down the high-powered Rams offense.
Bailey (knee) is active Sunday against the Bills, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Bailey spent plenty of time on the practice field on a limited basis, clearing the way to be active this week after sitting out Week 11 against the Giants. Though he's expected to start at defensive end, Bailey's fantasy upside is limited. He won't blow you out of the water with his tackle numbers (29 total) and hasn't recorded a sack since Week 3.
Bailey (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Being able to practice in some capacity bodes well for Bailey's chances of playing Sunday against the Bills. However, with just 29 tackles (17 solo) and two sacks on the season, fantasy owners won't be lining up to start Bailey if he's healthy.
Bailey (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Bailey is nursing an MCL sprain and was unable to practice coming out of the Chiefs' bye week, sealing his fate for Sunday's contest. With 29 tackles and two sacks in nine games this season, Bailey isn't a major entity in IDP formats.
Bailey (knee) left Sunday's game against the Cowboys due to a sprained MCL, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
More will be known when he gets checked out back in Kansas City on Monday. If he is forced to miss time, it will be a big loss for the Chiefs' defense. Jarvis Jenkins would likely fill in for the seven-year veteran.
Bailey is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cowboys due to a knee injury.
Bailey is a key player in Kansas City's 3-4 scheme. Losing him for the remainder of the game would figure to push Jarvis Jenkins into a larger role against Dallas' high-powered offense.
Bailey (pectoral) is 100 percent healthy and has his full strength and motion back, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Bailey lasted just five games into the 2016 season before landing on injured reserve with a torn right pectoral that required six months of rehab. He returns to find himself in a competition for a starting defensive end job with Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Chris Jones and 2017 second-rounder Tanoh Kpassagnon.
Bailey (pectoral) is nearing a return from a torn pectoral muscle, Pete Sweeney of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Bailey played in just five games due to his torn muscle, but he may be able to return at some point during offseason workouts. He'll figure to be a backup along the defensive line when healthy in 2017.
Bailey's recent placement on IR was due to a torn pectoral muscle, Pete Sweeney of Chiefs.com reports.
Bailey's injury was originally thought to be a shoulder problem, but new information released Wednesday indicates the severe pectoral issue. Chris Jones figures to see an expanded role on the defensive line with Bailey out.
Updating a previous note, Bailey (shoulder) was placed on the IR on Tuesday.
As suspected, Bailey's season comes to an end after suffering a shoulder injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders. The team added defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches to the active roster as a result of the injury. Look for rookie Chris Jones to also see an increase in action.
Bailey (shoulder) is in danger of missing the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Raiders, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
It isn't looking good for the defensive end, who was forced to exit Sunday's win after logging only 12 snaps. Look for more details to emerge as the week continues, with Dontari Poe, Jaye Howard, and rookie Chris Jones all expected to see increased reps in Bailey's absence. If he is ultimately ruled out for the season, the 27-year-old will end the year with seven tackles (five solo) in five games.
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