Denver Broncos slot corner Chris Harris Jr. tore his ACL in the team’s divisional round win over the San Diego Chargers, and while there’s certainly no ideal time to have a severe knee injury, that was one of the worst possible times imaginable. The Broncos were able to survive the injury to the league’s best slot CB and beat the New England Patriots with ease in the AFCCG, and he wouldn’t have even swung the balance in the Super Bowl. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been replaced by Aqib Talib as the team’s No. 1 corner and T.J. Ward was added to star at strong safety, but there’s no doubt that Harris is a huge part of the Broncos secondary in one of the NFL’s most under-appreciate roles.
His recovery from the ACL tear has gone well to this point, and he looks like a lock to play in Week 1. The only question is when Harris will be able to come back during training camp, but it looks like he probably won’t end up missing a single preseason game in August and will get the majority of camp work in.
The Kansas product told the Tulsa World’s Kieran Steckley that he is 85% healthy right now (I always love the guesstimated percentages) and is set to be medically cleared in a month, “I’m probably about 85 percent right. I have one more month of training and then I finally get (medically) released so I’m excited about that.”
Despite the fact that he was coming off of an ACL tear, the Broncos still gave him a second-round tender in restricted free agency, and that’s exactly what the 25-year-old, standout performer deserved. Armed with Von Miller, Danny Trevathan, DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Bradley Roby, Rahim Moore, Talib, Ward, and Harris, the Broncos have more than enough star power on defense; hopefully they won’t suffer the amount of big injuries they sustained last year.