As expected, the Denver Broncos have placed cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. on injured reserve as a result of the torn ACL injury he suffered last week against the San Diego Chargers. What may come as somewhat of a surprise is that the Broncos have also placed defensive end Derek Wolfe on IR also.
Wolfe has been inactive since suffering seizure-like symptoms before the Broncos went on the road to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. Wolfe had 16 tackles with four sacks and one fumble recovery this year.
To replace Harris and Wolfe, the Broncos signed former New England Patriots cornerback Marquice Cole and promoted Vinston Painter to the active roster from the practice squad.
Cole has played in 64 career games and has four interceptions and 14 pass breakups. Cole has also been a steady contributor on special teams throughout his career. He spent the last two seasons with the Patriots before being released on Dec. 26.
Painter was the Broncos’ sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.