Broncos corner Chris Harris underwent successful knee surgery today after tearing his left ACL in Denver’s divisional round win over the Chargers, per Brandon Moree of denverbroncos.com. Harris tweeted a picture of his knee post-surgery this afternoon.
While Harris’s presence in the Super Bowl still wouldn’t have helped Denver win the game, they certainly could have used him, especially with all the missed tackles on the Jermaine Kerse touchdown.
Harris, undrafted out of Kansas, finished his third season in 2013. He was a reliable starting CB opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this past season, totaling 65 tackles, 13 defended passes and three picks.
In Harris’s place during the Super Bowl were Champ Bailey, who looked every bit of 35 Sunday, and special teamer Tony Carter, who’s best known for his overtime blunder on a punt that caused the Broncos to lose against the Patriots in Week 12 this season.
After losing Harris in the divisional round, the Broncos were down two of their opening night defensive backs, as safety Rahim Moore went down with a season-ending injury in Week 11.
Harris’s rehab will be monitored by Broncos fans this offseason, though he’s not the only Denver player who fans hope has a quick recovery from a knee injury. Superstar pass rusher Von Miller, who went down with a torn ACL in Week 16, had his knee surgery on January 9th.