Broncos CB Harris out with ACL tear

The Sports Xchange
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Cornerback Chris Harris suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's playoff victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Harris, who played through knee pain for several weeks, is out for the season at a thin position for the Broncos.
Head coach John Fox said Harris was the only player the Broncos lost to injury in Sunday's game, but it came at a key position heading into the AFC Championship game against quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Harris left the game in the second half with what the team said were knee and ankle injuries. There was no immediate update on his status for the conference title game.
Champ Bailey, primarily a nickel cornerback in recent weeks, will be asked to play a bigger role against the Patriots behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Quentin Jammer. Jammer was targeted regularly in the fourth quarter with Harris out of the game after the 8:17 mark in the third quarter.
In Sunday's division playoff game, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers led San Diego to 17 fourth-quarter points including two touchdown passes to rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen and had great success against Jammer.
The Broncos lost linebacker Von Miller to a knee injury in December. Other key starters, including left tackle Ryan Clady and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, are also out for the season.
Harris will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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