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Chris Harris Jr. casts bout over availability for Patriots AFC Championship clash

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Having overcome the Pittsburgh Steelers in dramatic fashion on Sunday night, the Denver Broncos must now find a way past the New England Patriots if they are to reach Super Bowl 50.

Unfortunately for the AFC West franchise, it looks like they won't be at full strength throughout next weekend's conference championship game. 


That's after NFL Network's James Palmer relayed a conversation he had with one of Denver's top performers of 2015 in the aftermath of their 23-16 victory over Pittsburgh.


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Harris initially injured his shoulder during Denver's week 17 clash against San Diego but was thought to have made a full recovery in the two week period between games.

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The in-form cornerback, however, aggravated the issue in the first half on Sunday night, with Bradley Roby stepping in on several occasions.

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Hearing Harris already cast doubt over his own situation for the AFC Championship game will concern Broncos fans. And the fact he insisted after the game that his own shoulder injury is "way worse" than Ben Roethlisberger's should also set alarm bells ringing.

The Steelers quarterback played through torn ligaments and a sprained AC joint this week, putting Harris' injury in the worryingly severe category.

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The 26-year-old was a 2015 Pro Bowl selection after a near-lock down campaign, and he has been a key part of Denver's league-leading defense.

With the Broncos facing off against the unwavering Tom Brady next weekend, being without Harris for the majority of the contest would be a big blow.

The franchise's fans will be hoping the player's self-diagnosis is more pessimistic than that of the team's medical staff later this week.

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