ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos’ Pro Bowl contingent continues to grow.
Chris Harris Jr., who was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate earlier this season, will replace Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the 2019 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Monday.
Gilmore will be unable to participate in the Pro Bowl after the Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night to advance to Super Bowl LIII. And as New England continues its season, Harris will add another Pro Bowl appearance to his resume.
Harris now has four Pro Bowl nods to his name — and this one came despite unfortunate circumstances that arose midway through the 2018 season. After recording three interceptions, a sack and a touchdown in 11 games, Harris suffered a lower-leg injury early in the Broncos Week 13 game against the Bengals.
Tests revealed that Harris suffered a fracture, but the Broncos’ No. 1 cornerback vowed to rehab with the goal of returning for the playoffs. At the time, with the Broncos on a three-game winning streak to improve to 6-6, Harris’ goal seemed realistic.
The Broncos, though, were unable to remain in the playoff race, and Denver placed Harris on injured reserve later in the year.
But Harris is now healthy and available to join his Broncos teammates for this week’s game.
Outside linebacker Von Miller was previously named a starter for the game, and rookie running back Phillip Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive rookie to make the Pro Bowl. Lindsay will not participate in the game because of a wrist injury, but he will be in Orlando to serve as a social media correspondent for the NFL.
Long snapper Casey Kreiter will also represent Denver at the Pro Bowl. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn — who will guide the AFC team later this week — named Kreiter as a “need” player earlier this month.
Harris will join Miami’s Xavien Howard, Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey and Cleveland’s Denzel Brown at cornerback for the AFC's Pro Bowl team.