Chris Harris Injury: Updates on Broncos CB's Shoulder and Return

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVMarch 31, 2017

Nov 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA;  Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) reacts following the win over the Green Bay Packers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Packer 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris underwent an MRI on his shoulder on Jan. 4 after injuring it during a Week 17 win over the San Diego Chargers. However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates.

Harris Active vs. Steelers

Sunday, Jan. 17

The Broncos announced Harris is active against Pittsburgh.

Latest on Harris' Practice Status

Saturday, Jan. 16

James Palmer of NFL Network reported Harris was a full participant in Friday's session.

Harris Comments on Injury

Monday, Jan. 4

"It went good. I should be ready to go," Harris said, per Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.

"It was a screen and Gates came out of nowhere and blindsided me," Harris said. "And my arm just went dead. He hit the right spot and my shoulder pads didn't do a good job of blocking it. It's a bruise. I will be back."

Harris Played Through Injury vs. Chargers

Monday, Jan. 4

Harris said his shoulder—which is bruised—went dead in the first quarter of the game, but he continued to play through it and get it worked on during the contest, per Palmer.

Harris a Major Part of Dominant Denver Secondary

Harris, 26, has developed into one of the NFL's best corners, registering 58 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 16 games this season. He's paired with Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, giving the Broncos one of the top secondaries in football and the top-ranked pass defense.

The Broncos have solid depth at cornerback, as well, and if Harris is limited in his return, excellent second-year player Bradley Roby would step in without being much of a downgrade for the team. Roby has been fantastic both as the third cornerback and occasionally as a safety this season.