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Broncos place CB Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve, sign CB Craig Mager

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have placed cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve and signed cornerback Craig Mager, the team announced Wednesday.

Harris suffered a fibula injury during the Broncos’ Week 13 game against the Bengals.

He and the Broncos had hoped he could make a return late in the season or in the playoffs, but after the Broncos were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, the organization decided to place him on IR.

Head Coach Vance Joseph said Monday that moving Harris to IR was a real possibility.

“We’ll see,” Joseph said. “That’s very possible. He’s got about two more weeks of healing and we’ve got two more games to go. That’s very possible that he goes to IR. Very possible.”

Harris, who was named a Pro Bowl alternate on Tuesday, would still be eligible to participate in that game if he is healthy in late January.

Mager, who will add to the Broncos’ secondary depth in Harris’ absence, spent the last four years with the Chargers. The former third-round pick has appeared in three games over the previous two seasons.

The fourth-year player has one career interception and six passes defensed. He will wear No. 49.

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