With Chris Harris hurting, Broncos add cornerback

AP

Like Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. injured his shoulder in the last game played before the Pittsburgh-Denver divisional clash. Unlike Roethlisberger, Harris didn’t publicly talk about the extent of the injury.

Listed as probable for the game, Harris definitely was more banged up than his official status would imply.

My shoulder’s way worse than Ben’s,” Harris told Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, laughing.

Harris stopped laughing when he said this: “I played with one arm the whole game.”

He participated in only 75 percent of the snaps, a season low. Bradley Roby stepped in for him.

“I have to tip my hat to Roby, man,” Harris said. “He played all the snaps for me that I usually play, and he made a lot of plays for us. There’s not too much I could do.”

“[Harris’] shoulder has been bothering him,” coach Gary Kubiak said Monday, via Kiszla. “He went out there and gutted it up and played with one arm, in a lot of ways. Battled for our team. Hopefully, there is some improvement this week, just physically.”

To guard against the possibility that Harris will be worse instead of better, they’ve added cornerback Taurean Nixon from the practice squad. A seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft, Nixon fills the roster spot created by the placement of safety Omar Bolden on injured reserve.

The Broncos can beat the Patriots without Bolden. They may not have a chance without Harris, especially with receiver Julian Edelman, who missed the regular-season game between the two teams, now back for the Patriots.

60 responses to “With Chris Harris hurting, Broncos add cornerback

  1. This injury is a disaster for the Broncos. It hurts their ability to cover receivers one on one and to be able to focus more on Gronk. If they are going to win they are going to need a strong run game and a killer pass rush.

  2. With Edelman back Brady’s release time last weekend averaged something like 1.94 seconds.

    The Donks secondary being beat up may well be the difference in the game. There’s a pretty good chance Brady is going to slice them up.

  3. Do you think they paid him under the table like when they got caught doing that with Elway and Davis during their tainted Super Bowls?

  4. Life long Pats fan here. Enough with the Peyton bashing okay? He’s been an incredible player, fun to watch and by all accounts is a good guy. His day is done, but he’ll be missed.

  5. So answer me this, what is the difference between the 2 Broncos dancing in the end zone after they thought they had a fumble returned for a TD against the Steelers and having 2 Steelers start dancing in the end zone after they thought they had a fumble return for a TD against the Bengals?

    Obviously 1 got called and the other didn’t, also both had a big effect on the outcome of the game it happened during.

  6. Broncos talking a lot of smack right now. That means they do not feel too confident going into the game. How many #1 seeds playing at home, have ever been the underdog.

  7. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says:
    Jan 19, 2016 3:43 PM

    Do you think they paid him under the table like when they got caught doing that with Elway and Davis during their tainted Super Bowls?

    How is that money supposed to resolve his injury troubles ? Maybe he should smoke a bong like Chandler Jones to alleviate the pain ?

  8. “Cheating the salary cap and HGH usage are acceptable. Football’s losing PSI in cold weather is not.”

    One thing the media outside of Boston has not mentioned is that last weekend the refs forgot the kicking balls and air pressure gauges in their hotel rooms and had to race back to the hotel with a “special escort” to get them.

    Because PSI is so important, right Roger ?

    Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is vile

    Goodell must go

  9. Don’t come unglued Denver fans! First New England doesn’t have a running game worth diddly poo. Go with five db’s and disguise your coverage based on the down and distance. In tight coverage knock those receivers off the line. Harris can play in some sequences by the way. Good luck-Go Broncs!

  10. futures44 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 3:51 PM
    Broncos talking a lot of smack right now. That means they do not feel too confident going into the game. How many #1 seeds playing at home, have ever been the underdog

    They’ve been underdogs a LOT of times this year including at home on Monday night. Made the “experts” look pretty stupid for it too.

  11. BB & McDaniels will be very creative for this game and the Broncos Defence will not be able to adjust.

    GO PATRIOTS = Pummel the Broncos & Goodel

  12. boogerhut says:
    Jan 19, 2016 4:32 PM

    They’ve been underdogs a LOT of times this year including at home on Monday night. Made the “experts” look pretty stupid for it too.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Truly, the Broncos were underdogs on that Monday night game = Until the Refs stepped in and gave them the game.

    GO PATRIOTS = Ring 5 for 50

  13. lagg1 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 4:22 PM

    Don’t come unglued Denver fans! First New England doesn’t have a running game worth diddly poo. Go with five db’s and disguise your coverage based on the down and distance. In tight coverage knock those receivers off the line. Harris can play in some sequences by the way. Good luck-Go Broncs!

    —————–

    I think it’s the players coming unglued.

  14. coltcountrysteelerfan says:
    Jan 19, 2016 3:49 PM
    So answer me this, what is the difference between the 2 Broncos dancing in the end zone after they thought they had a fumble returned for a TD against the Steelers and having 2 Steelers start dancing in the end zone after they thought they had a fumble return for a TD against the Bengals?

    Obviously 1 got called and the other didn’t, also both had a big effect on the outcome of the game it happened during.

    You must have missed my comment that the Steelers would not be allowed to win that game. No way in hell Goodell was coming to Foxboro.

    When I am Commissioner,

    any player dancing on the field for any reason will have a choice, one year suspension or one year of wearing a tutu for every remaining game.

    I’ve had it with the clown show.

  15. Harris will gut it out again. He’ll probably get beat a few times but he’ll play. He probably won’t tackle as well and that won’t be good for Denver.

    The best thing for any Denver defender is for the D-line to get immediate pressure on Brady.

  16. Do you think they paid him under the table like when they got caught doing that with Elway and Davis during their tainted Super Bowls?

    ——————————————————

    They should do what Kraft does and pay a third party who in turn pays Brady and then openly talk about a pay cut to bring Amendola to the team.

  17. Don’t come unglued Denver fans! First New England doesn’t have a running game worth diddly poo. Go with five db’s and disguise your coverage based on the down and distance. In tight coverage knock those receivers off the line. Harris can play in some sequences by the way. Good luck-Go Broncs!
    ===
    Everyone plays NE in a nickel most of the time. Everybody says that they’re going to stay tight and disguise coverage, yet it only seemed to work when Gronk, Amendola, and/or Edelman are out. It’s really hard to disguise coverages from Brady and disrupt those receivers.

    Also: how’s a guy with a bad shoulder supposed to jam a receiver at the LOS anyway?

  18. Broncos fans! You may as well get used to classless Pats Trolls this week. They’re still angry about getting spanked by a virtual rookie QB in Denver last time they visited. I can still see Gronk crying like he was shot after a simple hit to the knee.

    Remember, the Pats struggled to beat an injury riddled Chiefs team last Saturday while the Broncos toughed it out against the Steelers (best in NFL) offense.

    We’ll see where the chowda heads are come Monday morning after Marsha and his gang are sent home to watch the SB.

  19. Reading these hack comments from Pats fans gets me excited for this 34-20 Broncos dub coming down the pike. The thin air messes with Uggs, he’s 2-6 at Mile High over his career, and he does whimper to the zebras when mean, scary LBs breathe on him. Von, Ware, Wolfe, Jackson and Co. will get some licks on him early and the little guy will shrivel up until garbage time

  20. guitarkevin says:
    Jan 19, 2016 4:01 PM
    I’m sure I speak for ALL NFL fans except the Patriots when I say “LET’S GO DENVER!!!!”
    ***************************************************
    Speak for yourself, Brady and the Pats are going to beat the Mules silly, whip them good.

  21. Your average person does not even know who the Broncos are please stop acting like anyone outside of the rocky mountains is rooting for them.

    You have not won a superbowl in almost 20 years and your organization is a joke that no one respects. #1 seed that the gamblers cant even go for? Pathetic because even then your only championships were won by cheating the cap. Every other time you guys get blown out in the big game and have the most losses in it as well at 5.

    43-28 Patriots.

  22. When was the last time Broncos beat the Patriots when they were healthy and not missing key players in their top 3 like Gronk and Edalman?

    I surely dont remember. I do remember Gronk missing the last AFC championship and the Pats having over 10 key players on IR in their last meeting in November and even then it was overtime in their house with a huge homefield advantage with their altitude

    Last time the Donkeys played a healthy Patriot team last year the score was 43-21 in the Pats favor with a healthy Peyton even!

    Imagin what they will do to the Grandpa this Sunday. Im so excited!

  23. guitarkevin says:
    Jan 19, 2016 4:01 PM
    I’m sure I speak for ALL NFL fans except the Patriots when I say “LET’S GO DENVER!!!!”
    __________________________

    Be more careful what you are sure of. Many of us would prefer a more competitive SB than Denver will be able to provide. The Broncos would be meat on the table for Carolina or Arizona

  24. Still love the Broncs chances. Pats fans love to give stats but only when in their favor. They always seem to leave out this one though. Brady 6-8 all-time vs Denver…2-6 in Denver and 0-2 in the playoffs in Denver. Bill and Tom will find something to complain about after yhe loss as always. Dirty tackle on Gronk, Welkers illegal rub on Talib it’s always something. Bottom line Tommu Boy cant win in Denver and the stats don’t lie

  25. Does anyone know why Denver’s the #1 seed? Let’s review.

    Oh yeah, NE lost to the friggin Jets and Dolphins to close out the regular season. They then shuffled past the Quiefs, who scare no one.

    Denver meanwhile takes out the Stillers, everyone’s sexy pick going into the playoffs. They also dispensed of the Pats six weeks ago with a rookie QB.

    A Pats fan’s accusations of Denver cheating is so rich in irony it might as well be a golf bag.

    Uggs has a terrible record at Mile High (2-6) and against the Broncos in general (5-7). Mix in the stiff defense and I’m left over here scratching my head at the Pats fans’ hubris. Makes me think they’re kind of worried, which they should be.

    Also, wasn’t Denver voted as America’s favorite team like two years ago? Dunno how scientific the polling was, but the notion that anyone else in this country gives two hoots about the Pats is laughable

  26. dualprime says:
    Jan 19, 2016 5:52 PM

    Remember, the Pats struggled to beat an injury riddled Chiefs team last Saturday while the Broncos toughed it out against the Steelers (best in NFL) offense.

    ====
    Uh the Steelers were pretty beat up too. Their 4th string RB fumbled or they would have won

    Pats/Chiefs was never really in doubt. Sounds like you didnt even watch

  27. Hey if the Donks win I’ll get to see Peyton get punked in another SB..

    so it’s not all bad

    imagine being a Broncos fan having to see their team get pummeled yet again in a SB? They already have 3 or 4 of the biggest SB beatdowns as it is.

    I think I’d be hoping to lose this week to be honest, they have no shot to beat the Panthers or Cards. Pats would at least make a game of it

  28. dualprime says:
    Remember, the Pats struggled to beat an injury riddled Chiefs team last Saturday while the Broncos toughed it out against the Steelers (best in NFL) offense.
    NOTE: The Pats-Chiefs game wasn’t as close as the score. And the Steelers were without Antonio Brown, and Big Ben was hurting. The Bronks went twelve rounds with a one-armed fighter.

    bronco1st says:
    The Pats are the Hillary Clinton of football.
    NOTE: The Pats will be sworn in as President next January? Cool. (Belichick’s State of the Union addresses will be the shortest in history.)

    plum54 says:
    When was the last time a # 1 seed was the underdog?? Just wondering.
    NOTE: The last one I can think of is Pittsburgh. They were two-point home dogs against…the Patriots. In 2005.

  29. thechickenexpress says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:28 PM

    NOTE: The Pats-Chiefs game wasn’t as close as the score.
    ===================
    Really? I believe we’ll just go with the score board instead of your fantasy. You know you’re afraid your team will get whacked on Sunday, again.

  30. Broncos talking about any opposing team getting wacked. ☺

    When was the last time they blew anyone worth noting out? All you ever hear is them getting blow out. This fanbase really is worse than the Dolt and Rat Bird fanbase!

  31. brucetrimble says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:26 PM
    @ BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap
    What a clever user name…for an issue that took place two decades ago.

    __________
    Two decades ago and have not been a real threat to win it all, since! Imagine that.

  32. “What a clever user name…for an issue that took place two decades ago.”

    Right, except that one of the main “cheaters” in the salary cap cheating is now the GM of the Donks. And according to Pats haters “once a cheater always a cheater” no matter how tiny the violation was, so everything the Denver team does under him is somehow “tainted”, right Pats haters ?

    Or is that your double standard you’re about to pull out ?

  33. Since Denver players have stated they are purposely aiming to injure a player. Since the integrity of the game is so critical, will player be suspended?

  34. So the last time a # 1 seed was the underdog it was Pittsburg who was # 1 , in 2005 , & the pats were favored per seachicken. Well the pats won the Super Bowl that year!!!!!!

  35. The stupidity on these boards is mind-boggling.Broncos beat the team with the best off. in the league.Please stop making jokes.A not quite 100% Big Ben,no Antonio Brown,no DeAngelo Williams,no M.Pouncy.Wow quite a list.Pats beat an injured Chiefs team,what Maclin was hurting a little,who else.J.Charles has been out most of the yr.Pats cheat but Broncos are allowed to.I personally don’t think they cheated its more jealousy than anything.Double standard because the Patriots Rule the NFL.

  36. Most people here don’t even know what Denver violation was for they hust love to post Cheater. Denver prolonged or extended bonuses to certain players and guaranteed them they wouldnt be cut until paid so they could make their portion of payment for a new stadium. They were not able to resign or sign any new players from their violation. I love how u people say “my team has class and integrity and would never cheat” hahaha..Denver and NE did what was needed and had gr8 parades. And your cities had what class integrity parade. LOL..Do what is needed to win baby cheat, juice, target players knees I dont care. It’s a game and winning is all that matters by any means necessary.

  37. @harrisonhits2
    No double standard here. As a Broncos fan, I was embarrassed when the NFL announced the offense and fine, which Denver did not dispute. Perhaps the fans of New England, Washington, Dallas and others had similar emotions when those teams were cited for rules violations. Rules are rules but I won’t stop being a fan of the Broncos when they make mistakes.

  38. Harris should give Ashley Manning a call to get healthy. PEDton* won’t mind sharing her shipments.

    🙂

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