Chris Harris, Jr. of the Denver Broncos out for season with ACL tear; Cornerback starred at Bixby HS

DENVER - Denver Broncos coach John Fox confirmed Monday that cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. has a torn ACL and is out for the season.

Harris played high school football at Bixby High School helping the Spartans to the 2006 district title.

He was injured during the playoff game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

"He’s one of our better performers on defense throughout the season, " Fox said.

"Blessed to be able to help the team get this far, and will still do my part in meeting room to help my guys out," Harris tweeted. "Gonna work extremely hard and come back a Monster next year."

Fox said the team has lost several good performers throughout the season and said the "next man up" approach will continue.

"We have the same core of guys," Fox said. "Been through the whole cast this season."

The players were at Dove Valley on Monday to review Sunday's game and begin looking ahead toward the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Fox said the players will take Tuesday off and return Wednesday to the practice field to get ready to take on New England.

Wide receiver Eric Decker said he's got his own thing to get over -- the tripping curse.

"If I would have stayed up and not tripped myself, maybe I would feel better about myself," Decker said about the fall on a big punt return Sunday. "You forget the 40 yards before that (trip), I always remember the last part."

"[We're] playing very well as a defense," said safety Mike Adams. "We buckled down at the right time -- playoff time."

Broncos tackle Terrance Knighton said it's important the defense does their job and tackles.

"There's no 'me' guys, everybody wants to win," Knighton said. "Everybody has the same goal in mind."

"It’s making plans at critical times," Fox explained about the key to winning. "Teams that do that win those close games."

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