Chris Harris: I came back from ACL tear ‘a lot faster than Adrian Peterson’
DENVER — Each and every day of Denver Broncos training camp, our Will C. Holden provides all of the interviews he conducts and podium sessions he attends in their entirety.
Following a rainy Wednesday afternoon and the second of three practices open to the public at Sports Authority Field, we chatted with head coach John Fox, cornerbacks Chris Harris and Kayvon Webster, offensive lineman Orlando Franklin and return specialist Isaiah Burse.
Perhaps none of Wednesday’s interviews were as compelling as the one given by Chris Harris, who was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday, and immediately went into his first practice in full pads.
Harris said it took him just six months to recover after surgery for an ACL tear, which took place in mid January in a game against the San Diego Chargers.
It typically takes a year to recovery from ACL tears, though Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson famously returned to top form in 2012 just nine months after tearing his. He was named MVP in the NFL that season.
Harris may not be an MVP yet, but he believes he is in that same class as Peterson.
“Everyone always talks about Adrian Peterson’s comeback,” Harris said. “But you all need to talk about my comeback. I came back a lot faster than Adrian Peterson did.”
According to Harris, fellow Bronco Von Miller, who is now back on the field seven months after tearing his ACL, deserves credit too.
Though maybe not as much as him.
“I came back faster than him too,” Harris laughed.
Continue below for summations of all our interviews following Wednesday’s practice, as well as the entire raw audio.
In addition to talking about his recovery from an ACL tear, Harris laughed about the weather. “I would pick a day like this to come back,” he said.
The Broncos’s head coach talked about the decision to go ahead with practice despite the rain Wednesday, and how many headaches the team’s new indoor practice facility will alleviate next year.
The Broncos new left guard talked about how frustrating it has been explaining his “transition” from guard to tackle. “A lot of people don’t realize I played two and a half years of left guard in college, “Franklin said.
The second-year corner had the opportunity to learn last year from Champ Bailey, whose wedding he recently attended, and from Aqib Talib this year. He also talked about the interception he returned for a touchdown in Wednesday’s practice.
Burse was in a spread offense with an NFL-caliber quarterback and a slew of NFL-caliber wide receivers at Fresno State last year. Now as a rookie free agent, Burse talked about why the Broncos’ offense is a different bear entirely, and why he’s been struggling to pick it up with as much ease as he returns punts.