Denver Broncos cornerback, Chris Harris Jr. is reportedly unhurt after taking a controversial low hit by Tennessee Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas on Sunday. Douglas took aim at Harris’s right knee during the second quarter of the Broncos 13-10 loss, a move to which Harris’s fellow Bronco defender Aqib Talib took offense. The very next play, Talib answered with a late tackle to Douglas, which incited a brawl on the Titan’s sideline. Talib’s attack drew a personal foul penalty from NFL officials, but this didn’t seem to phase him.
“It was a dirty play by a sorry player,” Talib told reporters after the game, adding, “If I see him again I’m going to beat his ass.” Chris Harris took to Twitter after he was cleared to return to the game after missing only one play. “Thank God for covering me cuz I thought my knee was gone,” he wrote.
Thank God for covering me cuz I thought my knee was gone . 🙏🏿
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) December 11, 2016
Harris suffered an ACL tear in the opposite knee during the Broncos’ 2013 season, which led to him missing Super Bowl XLVIII. Harris added that Douglas “tried to end my career, plain and simple” and that he hoped the NFL would fine the receiver for the unnecessary hit.
According to the Denver Broncos official website, several other Broncos players stood up for their teammates following the incident. “You mess with one of us, and you’re going to mess with us all,” said Broncos safety T.J. Ward.
“It’s a super-tight group. We’ve all got each other’s back. I think we just compete really hard, and it’s an emotional game sometimes,” added starting quarterback Trevor Siemian. Later, Douglas defended himself to reporters, saying, “I’m a tough player. I’m a gritty player. I’m not a dirty player no matter what anyone says.”
As of now, neither Harry Douglas nor Aqib Talib have received fines following Sunday’s events.