Looks like another University of Kansas Jayhawks will be covering receivers this week in training camp. Chris Harris will join former college teammate Aqib Talib, as he was cleared yesterday by Dr. James Andrews to be able to participate in individual and 11-on-11 drills, and was officially taken off the Physically Unable to Perform list by the Denver Broncos today.
Harris tore his ACL in last seasons divisional playoff game vs. the San Diego Chargers. Dr. Andrews stated that Harris’ “range of motion is incredible,” and that he is improving in health drastically. This is great news for the Broncos’ defense heading into preseason. Just a week ago, Dr. Andrews cleared All-Pro linebacker Von Miller and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. Miller tore his ACL as well on Dec.22 vs. the Houston Texans, but won’t be able to play or make contact until after the third preseason game against Houston on Aug. 23.
The Broncos aren’t expecting to have Harris play at all during the preseason, and stated that he should make his return in the season opener Sept. 7 vs. Indianapolis Colts. Harris said that missing preseason will “be plenty of time” for him to be 100 percent healthy for the season. Although if his progress improves greatly before then, don’t be surprised if he gets a couple of reps in the Houston game or at Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 28.
Since being undrafted in 2011, the 5-foot-10, 199-pound Harris has started 34 games, and has had seven career interceptions and has recorded at least 50 tackles each season.