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Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on track to play week 1

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Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. will be cleared to fully participate in practice next week, according to reports.

Harris, who is listed as a starter at cornerback on Denver's preseason depth chart but has not played in the preseason, is on track to suit up for the team's Sept. 7 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Harris, 24, underwent surgery after tearing his ACL in a January playoff game against the Chargers.

From DenverBroncos.com:

"I see myself doing the whole practice next week," Harris said. "I can do the whole practice now. So I just have to follow the progression that they have me on and just stay to it.

"They've got a goal for me to be ready for the Colts (on Sept. 7), and as long as I stick to the plan, I should be ready."

And that would be without a single repetition in a preseason game -- not even a few snaps in next week's game at Dallas just to get acclimated.

"No, I don't need my feet wet," Harris said. "Just think about it like college: there's no preseason in college, you just line up and play.

"We've got a long season, 16 games, and I'm pretty sure we're going to be in the playoffs, so these couple of games early will be some good work to get my feet back."

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After going undrafted out of Kansas in 2011, Harris has started 31 games over three seasons for the Broncos. He recorded 60 tackles and intercepted three passes in 2013.

The Broncos, which went 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl last season, have made several notable additions to their defense, including cornerback Aqib Talib, safety T.J. Ward and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. 

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