The Broncos will have to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots without Chris Harris in their secondary.
An MRI on Monday morning confirmed the Broncos’ fears that Harris has a torn ACL, league sources told Adam Schefter and Jeff Legwold of ESPN.
Harris left Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter with what was described as knee and ankle injuries. But team officials were far more concerned about the knee in the hours following the game after a preliminary exam showed a possible torn ligament.
Harris is Denver’s second defensive starter to have suffered a torn ACL in the last three games. Star linebacker Von Miller suffered a torn right ACL in the Broncos’ Dec. 22 victory in Houston.
Harris is expected to have surgery when the swelling in the knee subsides and begin what is expected to be a six- to nine-month recovery. He will not participate in the team’s offseason programs and would likely miss at least some of training camp and preseason.