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Chris Harris Jr. cleared by surgeon, may come off PUP list soon

Chris Harris Jr. #25 of the Denver Broncos heads to the field to warm up before the game against the San Diego Chargers on November 10, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is one step closer to returning to the field for the Denver Broncos.

The 25-year-old Harris began training camp as the only member of the team’s physically unable to perform list after undergoing surgery on a torn ACL in Jan. On Monday, he was cleared by Dr. James Andrews during a check-up, paving the way for Harris to rejoin the team.

“It passed,” said Harris. “Everything’s OK. Everything’s good. I can feel like a teammate now.”

Harris suffered the injury during the team’s divisional-round matchup against the San Diego Chargers. His surgery was performed by the same doctor as Von Miller’s. Both expect to be ready to go when the Broncos begin the regular season. Harris still needs to be cleared by the Broncos, but is expected to return to practice soon.

“Dr. Andrews said my range of motion is incredible,” said Harris. “What I have to keep working on now is strengthening my quad. Which will come in time.”

Now entering his fourth NFL season, Harris became a full time starter last year. Playing in all 16 regular season games, he had 65 tackles and 14 passes defense, with three interceptions. Undrafted out of Kansas, Harris made the team as a rookie in 2011. Harris has 198 career tackles, with seven interceptions and two touchdowns.

In the Denver secondary, Harris will be joined this season by former Jayhawks teammate Aqib Talib, who was signed this offseason.

Tuesday was an off-day for the Broncos, but when they return to the field on Wednesday, they will have another addition. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was back at Dove Valley on Monday, but did not practice. He had missed the beginning of camp to attend to the funeral of his grandmother Gladys, who recently lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

"I want to take my hat off to them [the Broncos]. They sent flowers," said Thomas. "It was wonderful that they let me go. They were looking out for me and my family."

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