Broncos’ latest fears confirmed as Harris has torn ACL

Last updated: Jan 13, 2014 1:45 PM

Denver's divisional round win over San Diego came with a heavy price, as corner Chris Harris suffered a torn left ACL.

Harris left in the third quarter with knee and ankle injuries, and was replaced in incompetent fashion by Quentin Jammer, who allowed three receptions in five targets for 95 yards and a touchdown, according to PFF.

An MRI on Monday morning confirmed the injury to the stalwart third-year corner.

Jammer was similarly bad in the season finale at Oakland, allowing three catches on five targets for 48 yards and a score.

By PFF's count, Jammer has allowed 16 receptions on 26 targets this season, for a whopping 249 yards and four touchdowns, and a 132.9 QB rating.

The 12-year veteran played ahead of Kayvon Webster, who struggled down the stretch and suffered a broken thumb in the Week 15 game against San Diego.

Webster was active on Sunday, but only played one defensive snap, while Tony Carter was a healthy scratch.

It stands to reason that the loss of Harris will force Carter onto the gameday roster, and perhaps prompt the team to sign another corner off the street. The only defensive back on the practice squad is safety John Boyett.

Champ Bailey played 29 snaps on Sunday, after having played 35 at Houston and 24 at Oakland.

Without Harris, the Broncos will have to make do with some combination of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Bailey, Webster, Jammer, and Carter.

The Kansas alum will join several key starters on IR, including Von Miller, Ryan Clady, Kevin Vickerson, and Rahim Moore, who would have been eligible to play this week, but has not resumed practicing. Derek Wolfe has missed Denver's last six games, and there's no indication he's close to a return, either.

To Denver's benefit, New England has a banged up receiving corps, with all-world TE Rob Gronkowski out for the season, Aaron Dobson hampered by a foot injury that kept him out of Saturday's game versus Indy, and Kenbrell Thompkins having departed with a head injury.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM