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On February 10, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported some important details about Chris Harris' knee injury and subsequent surgery.
Here's what Klis wrote in his column on the matter:
All went about as well as surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament could go for Broncos cornerback Chris Harris. Dr. James Andrews learned during Harris' surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., that the trauma to the left knee was restricted to the ACL. There was no other ligament or cartilage damage, according to an NFL source.
Klis also mentioned, "the ACL was only partially torn. So Harris' recovery is promising as he enters restricted free agency, which means the Broncos have the right to match any contract another team might offer."
The fact that Harris avoided other ligament or cartilage damage and only suffered a "partially torn" ACL is huge.
We've recently witnessed a handful of players make relatively rapid returns from ACL tears, and although nothing's official right now, one would have to think Harris would be ready to play in September of 2014.
Harris isn't a commonly known name among casual fans, but he was the No. 9 cornerback in Pro Football Focus' (subscription required) positional rankings for his play during the 2013 season.