Updates from Monday, Feb. 10
All went about as well as an ACL surgery could go for Broncos cornerback Chris Harris. Dr. James Andrews learned during his surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., that the trauma to Harris' left knee was restricted to the ACL. There was no other ligament or cartilage damage, according to an NFL source.
And the ACL was only partially torn. So Harris' recovery is promising as he enters restricted free agency (RFA), which means the Broncos have the right to match any contract another team may offer.
Updates from Thursday, Feb. 6
Chris Harris tweeted out an Instagram picture after having successful surgery:
Updates from Monday, Feb. 3
Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports Chris Harris will undergo knee surgery on Feb. 6 and also provided a statement from the injured Broncos cornerback:
As torn ACLs go, the hope is Dr. James Andrews will find Harris’ surgery easier than others. Harris said he only suffered a 30 percent tear in the ACL.
“I can do everything,” Harris said as he rolled his luggage bag down the corridor of the team’s hotel Monday morning. “It’s just structurally where they wouldn’t let me play.”
Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 14
Gray Caldwell of DenverBroncos.com reports that Chris Harris has been placed on the IR:
The team placed cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and defensive end Derek Wolfe on injured reserve and signed cornerback Marquice Cole and activated tackle Vinston Painter off the practice squad.
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Updates from Monday, Jan. 13
Head coach John Fox confirmed Monday that Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris is done for the season with at torn ACL (via Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger):
Broncos coach John Fox announces at his press conference that starting CB Chris Harris is done for the year with a torn ACL.— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) January 13, 2014
Lindsay Jones of USA Today was the first to report the news on Harris' injured knee:
Fears confirmed: Torn ACL for Broncos CB Chris Harris.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) January 13, 2014
Harris later spoke about the injury on his Twitter account:
Thanks for the prayers , Gonna work extremely hard and come back a Monster next year . God is on my side. #broncosup— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) January 13, 2014
Blessed to be able to help the team get this Far , and will still do my part in meeting room to help my guys out.— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) January 13, 2014
Starting Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. exited his team's AFC Divisional Round playoff matchup against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Jan. 12, due to leg injuries.
The Broncos confirmed the injuries on Twitter in the second half of the contest:
Lindsay Jones of USA Today provided an update after the game:
As per usual, Chris Harris will have an MRI on his knee tomorrow morning. I heard it wasn't too swollen tonight, for whatever that's worth.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) January 13, 2014
When Harris left to be evaluated for his injuries, the Broncos held a 17-0 lead, and he was a big factor in helping hold Philip Rivers and San Diego's passing game in check. Without Harris on the field, Chargers receiver Keenan Allen was able to haul in a 16-yard touchdown pass to cut his team's deficit to 17-7 early in the fourth quarter.
As noted by Vic Lombardi of CBS 4 in Denver, Harris is a big loss for Denver's defense:
The loss of Chris Harris is a problem right now.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) January 12, 2014
Entering the fourth quarter, Rivers didn't even have 100 yards passing—a major reason for San Diego's offensive woes. But without Harris, the Broncos will have to rely more on veteran Quentin Jammer.
Harris has been a key part of Denver's secondary the past two years. In 16 contests (15 starts) during the 2013 regular season, he totaled 65 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups.