To understand the importance of cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to this Denver Broncos defense, one simply has to examine the stats of his opposition, with and without him on the field.
Before Harris left the game in the third quarter with knee and ankle injuries, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was held to one catch for 19 yards.
After Harris left, Allen managed five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Get well soon, Chris Harris.
It's not that easy, however, as the Denver Post reports it is "almost certain" that Harris won't play in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. X-Rays were negative, but Harris will undergo an MRI on his knee Monday.
Leaving a game and not returning is never a good sign (see Miller, Von), but with some luck Harris might be ready for a Super Bowl appearance, should the Broncos advance that far. With a lot of luck, he might be ready to go next week, but that sounds unlikely at this point.
Story updated: Harris left the game on the same play as Allen's first catch.