Har­ris: Shoul­der should be “ready to go”

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Troy E. Renck

Re­gard­less of play­off op­po­nent, the Bron­cos need Chris Har­ris.

The cor­ner­back has al­lowed two touch­down passes since 2013 and func­tions as quar­ter­back on de­fense, given his knowl­edge of cov­er­ages. The Bron­cos re­ceived good news Mon­day af­ter a mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing exam on Har­ris’ bruised left shoul­der.

“It went good. I should be ready to go,” said Har­ris, who has ad­di­tional time to re­cover be­fore the Bron­cos host a divi­sional play­off game Jan. 17.

Har­ris suf­fered the in­jury in Sun­day’s 27-20 vic­tory over the San Diego Charg­ers at Sports Author­ity Field at Mile High. Charg­ers tend An­to­nio Gates slammed into him on a pass­ing play.

“It was a screen, and Gates came out of nowhere and blind-sided me,” Har­ris said Sun­day night. “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.”

For Har­ris, the play­offs rep­re­sent an un­fin­ished goal. He missed the AFC cham­pi­onship game and Su­per Bowl in 2014 be­cause of a knee in­jury, and the In­di­anapo­lis Colts knocked the Bron­cos out of the divi­sional-round game last sea­son, in part be­cause for­mer de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jack Del Rio elected not to have Har­ris cover slot re­ceiver T.Y. Hil­ton.

The Bron­cos will play the worst re­main­ing seed from the wild-card round this week­end. They en­ter as the top seed af­ter claim­ing their fifth con­sec­u­tive di­vi­sion ti­tle, match­ing the Oak­land Raiders (1972-76) for the most con­sec­u­tive AFC West crowns.

“Five straight AFC champs. That’s all I know. Since me and Von Miller walked into the build­ing, we’ve been win­ning. Me and 58. That’s all we do is win the di­vi­sion,” said Har­ris, who is one of only five un­drafted cor­ner­backs in league history to make mul­ti­ple Pro Bowls with his orig­i­nal team. “This one was the hard­est one of all of them. We had to go take it. They didn’t give it to us this year.”

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