As they begin early preparations for their AFC match up with the New England Patriots next weekend, the Denver Broncos had their worst fears confirmed on Monday morning. One of the team’s top defensive players, cornerback Chris Harris, underwent an MRI on Monday after injuring his knee in yesterday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, where it was revealed that he will be out for the remainder of the season.
Unfortunately for the Broncos and Harris, he suffered a torn ACL.
From Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Broncos CB Chris Harris, one of Denver’s top defensive players, tore his ACL and is out for season, via me and @Jeff_Legwold.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2014
The Broncos will now need to face Tom Brady and the Patriots next weekend without their top defensive back, with a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII on the line.
In the divisional round of the playoffs, the Patriots relied heavily on their rushing attack. However, with a weakened secondary for the Broncos, it is safe to say that they may try to target and test the Broncos defensive backfield to see how they can perform without their best player.