Despite a slow start this season, the Denver Broncos have emerged lately as a team on the rise. So much so that they’ve inserted themselves into the AFC playoff picture. A scenario that was hard to predict back when they were 2-4. They’re now 5-6. But if the initial feeling concerning an injury to star cornerback Chris Harris is accurate, their postseason chances have been dealt a serious blow.
Per source, Chris Harris Jr. has fractured fibula. Tough blow. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 2, 2018
Since going undrafted in 2011, Harris Jr. has evolved into one of the top cornerback’s in the league. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 he was named to the AP’s All-Pro team, either first or second team. In eight season, the 29-year-old has accumulated 19 interceptions. He’s turned four into touchdowns. And he’s also added 470 tackles as well as 4.5 sacks.
Up until his injury, Harris Jr. contributed three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 48 tackles, and one sack.
Chris Harris Jr. has been extremely reliable throughout his career. The cornerback has played in all 16 regular season games in all but one season (the exception being in 2012 when he missed a single game that year).
By video, worry for right fibula fracture.
Typically no surgery would be needed as non-weight bearing bone but at Week 13 would likely mean IR. https://t.co/qC0gZnOZup
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 2, 2018
More tests are sure to follow, but if he did, in fact, suffer as serious of a leg injury as is expected, the Broncos will almost certainly place Harris Jr. on injured reserve, which would end his season. Not what the team needed as they look to boost their chances of making the postseason.