ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed free agent Marquice Cole to replace injured cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on their roster.
The Broncos placed Harris on IR after he tore his left ACL in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego last weekend.
Cole was released Dec. 26 by the New England Patriots (13-4), whom the Broncos (14-3) host Sunday in the AFC championship.
A fifth-year pro with 64 games of experience, including two starts, Cole had 10 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups for New England this season.
Harris is the fifth Broncos starter lost for the season, joining Von Miller, Rahim Moore, Kevin Vickerson and Wolfe. A versatile cornerback adept at playing on either side or in the slot, Harris might just prove the toughest of Denver's injured defenders to replace, especially going against Tom Brady, who has a 10-4 career record against Peyton Manning's teams.
Harris took to Twitter after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL that will require surgery and at least six months of recovery and rehab and 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."