The Denver Broncos started training camp with nearly the whole roster healthy. They can now add one more player who has been cleared to practice.
The team received good news when Dr. James Andrews cleared Chris Harris to participate in practice, thus allowing the Broncos to take him off the PUP list on Tuesday when he passed his physical. Harris suffered a partial ACL tear in the Broncos’ divisional round win over rival San Diego Chargers. The fact that he was activated just six months after suffering the injury is remarkable.
With Harris returning to the Broncos as a teammate rather than a benchwarmer, the Broncos’ defense, especially the secondary, will get a huge boost. This comes at a great time with first-round pick Bradley Roby struggling in training camp so far. Harris will most likely become the corner opposite of his college teammate Aqib Talib, and Roby will move to the nickel cornerback position if he improves.
The Broncos’ secondary had its ups and downs in 2013. Harris was one of the bright spots for them as his play since signing with the team as an UDFA has been nothing short of remarkable. He has the ability to change the course of a game or put it away, and prime examples are his 98-yard pick six against the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 and his game-sealing pick six that same year against the Chargers.
With Harris’ return, the Broncos now have a force on the defensive side of the football. Having players like Von Miller and Demarcus Ware harassing the quarterback, Danny Trevathan dropping down in coverage, and the secondary force of Talib, Harris and T.J. Ward shutting anything thrown in the air, this Broncos defense will be a nightmare for opposing offenses in 2014.