Published: July 30, 2014
DENVER - Chris Harris Jr. is ready, and in more ways than one.
The fourth-year cornerback is ready to join the Broncos as they enter their second week of training camp. He was fully suited and, although limited somewhat by coach John Fox, took multiple reps in Denver's second practice open to the public at Sports Authority Field on Wednesday, which yielded 9,207 fans willing to stick out the rainy weather.
He's ready for his return, passing a physical Tuesday that cleared him to practice. After being forced to watch his team's push to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 from the sideline with an injury, he says he's near the end of his road to recovery.
Harris suffered a torn left ACL in Denver's divisional playoff win a little over six months ago. And although he admits it'll take close to a full year to return to 100 percent, he's "ready and can definitely play."
He says he to be noticed again.
"I know everyone always talks about (Vikings RB) Adrian Peterson's comeback, but you all need to talk about my comeback because I came back a lot faster than Adrian Peterson did," Harris said laughing.
Through 16 games in 2013, Harris accounted for 65 total tackles and three interceptions.
"I have just put so much work in and it's kind of taken away from me," he said. "That being taken away from me for so long and just watching, you kind of get tired of that and especially missing the Super Bowl. Just to finally be back out here with all my teammates and all the guys after all my hard work means a lot to me."
He's ready to function with his team's improved defense. With the exception of newly-acquired defensive end Demarcus Ware, all of the pieces of Denver's defense finally began to fall into place with Harris' return.
"We are definitely aggressive and we are a totally different defense compared to last year with all the new faces that we have," he told reporters. "You will all see a big difference when I get out there with everyone else on the defense."
He's ready to be reunited with his former colleagues, old and new. During the offseason, the Broncos acquired cornerback Aqib Talib, who had played for the New England Patriots. Harris and Talib played together in college at Kansas.
"We know the chemistry so me playing with him; everything will happen a lot faster," Harris said of Talib. "That is one thing that helps me out a lot is where I know where to go and I know what to do and I always know my assignments."
After months of waiting, Harris has finally been given the green light to practice.
Better believe he's ready to go.