NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Harris will play through his shoulder injury Sunday against the Patriots. Per the report, Harris is dealing with a deep-tissue shoulder bruise. While the issue -- which is described as "not insignificant" -- is not expected to require offseason surgery, it's the sort of ailment that causes Harris pain while engaging in such daily activities as brushing his teeth. In any case, Harris' availability -- albeit at less than full strength -- will be a plus for the Broncos defense on Sunday, as the team's secondary tries to contain New England's Tom Brady-led offense.
Harris (shoulder) is considered probable ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship game versus the Patriots, The Denver Post reports. Harris has battled through an injured shoulder lately, and appears poised to do the same in Sunday's hugely important contest. That being said, if Harris is limited at all Sunday, fellow cornerback Bradley Roby's hip injury suffered in practice Friday creates another unwanted concern for the Broncos' secondary, so their collective health may be worthwhile to monitor this weekend.
Harris (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Sunday's AFC Championship game according to GM John Elway, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Harris, one of the biggest staples for the Broncos' defense, has been dealing with a shoulder issue as of late, clearly playing through pain in the AFC Divisional round win over the Steelers. If he is held out of the Championship Game, look for Bradley Roby to get the start.
The Broncos and cornerback Chris Harris have agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $42.5 million, the Denver Post reports. The two sides opened contract talks last month but a deal appeared to be on life support before general manager John Elway became personally involved in the discussions. Harris ranks as the No. 1 cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, and passers have managed just a 46.9 quarterback rating when challenging the Denver cornerback. He's also been in the top 10 of the same rating system among all cornerbacks in 2012 and 2013.
Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman is active Week 9 against the Patriots. Hillman was listed as probable due to a shoulder injury. He was never really a candidate to sit. The team will also have Lamin Barrow, Omar Bolden, Chris Harris Jr., Brandon McManus, Juwan Thompson, Louis Vasquez and Kayvon Webster. All seven players were listed as probable coming into the contest.