NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After they claimed him off waivers just before the 2014 season, the Tennessee Titans said they hoped not to have to see how well cornerback Brandon Harris knew the defense until this season.
That chance is gone after he went down during the Titans' Tuesday OTA practice. Harris suffered a torn ACL. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean first had the severity of the injury and I've confirmed it.
Harris was originally a second-round pick of the Houston Texans out of Miami in 2011. Titans pro scouting coordinator Brian Gardner was with the Texans for all three of Harris’ seasons in Houston and endorsed the pickup.
Harris appeared in 11 games last season, with most of the work coming on special teams. But Harris did have some more than serviceable work as the dime defensive back in the latter part of the season.
He signed a one-year deal with a $745,000 base salary for 2015.
The Titans have Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox, who’s practiced quite well so far, as their starting cornerbacks, though Blidi Wreh-Wilson could still wrest his job back from Cox when he returns from a shoulder injury.
Coty Sensabaugh ranks fourth and Harris was fifth in a group that didn’t add a draft pick. Two undrafted rookies will also vie for roles -- Curtis Riley out of Fresno State and Cody Riggs out of Notre Dame.
It would have been nice to have Harris in the mix for depth and insurance.
Prior to the injury, Harris posted this on Instagram on Monday.