Chris Harris Good To Go For Week 1

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, Jr will be good to go on Sunday night vs the Indianapolis Colts.

The Denver Broncos lost their starting cornerback, Chris Harris, Jr, in their win over the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last January. It was a partially torn ACL.

Harris' rehab and recovery has gone very well. He was cleared for contact a few weeks back, but the Broncos' coaching staff has wisely chosen to keep him out of preseason action.

But the Broncos are telling the fans not to fret. Harris will be out on the field with the first defensive unit on Sunday night vs the Indianapolis Colts.

Harris, a perennially underrated player, is one of the Broncos' cornerstones on defense. This year, he'll be lining up across from the newly acquired Aqib Talib.

The two defensive backs are no strangers to one another. They share an alma mater. Although both players went to the University of Kansas, they had very different career trajectories.

Talib was a 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL draft. Harris went undrafted in 2011 but managed to make the Broncos final 53-man roster and as a rookie, contributed like a 1st round pick.

In the Broncos' base defense, Harris lines up as the right cornerback. In the nickel sub-packages, he'll move inside to do what he does best; cover the slot.

In his 4th year as a pro, Harris has become arguably the best nickel cornerback in the NFL. The only player that has seemed to get the best of Harris, and not the other way around, is Wes Welker, but fortunately, they're on the same team now.

The Broncos tendered Harris as a restricted free agent this past January. Harris signed the deal which will pay him $2.187M for 2014.

In a contract year, Harris will be looking to have a banner 2014 season and if the Broncos end up not being able to re-sign him and bring him back, he'll garner the interest of every General Manager in the NFL.

The Broncos are trying to figure out the juxtaposition of their salary cap and how they can retain their young, elite players like Demaryius Thomas, Von Miller, Julius Thomas, Orlando Franklin, Terrance Knighton, Rahim Moore and Harris.

Even the savviest cap wizard would have a hard time retaining all of them. And when you factor in $20M that the team is paying a single player; namely, Peyton Manning, it compounds the issue dramatically.

The bottom line is that the team will have to let at least one, or two of the above mentioned players go. Much to the chagrin of Broncos Country.

Alas, such is the nature of the business side of the NFL. But in the meantime, we can all look forward to watching Chris Harris do what he does best; lock down the inside passing lanes and feast on quarterbacks under duress.

Chad Jensen can be found on Twitter @CJ_Broncos.


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