Broncos DB saw pick-six, settled for recovery on odd Brock Osweiler fumble

DENVER — Brock Osweiler might never have a more embarrassing fumble, and Chris Harris might never have an easier fumble recovery.

Such was the result of one bizarre and ugly play in the fourth quarter of the Denver Broncos’ 27-9 win against the Houston Texans.

Osweiler, the Texans’ quarterback, wound his long right arm up to throw, but before he could complete his motion, the ball squirted out of his hand, up and slightly forward. All around him, players stopped, thinking it was just a (very ugly) incomplete pass.

Harris, the Broncos’ cornerback, scooped up the ball when it hit the grass.

But the officials never blew the whistle to call the play dead. The ball was live, and Harris had recovered it.

Moments later, referee Carl Cheffers explained the play had been ruled on the field as a fumble. That was later confirmed via replay.

"They say every quarterback is going to experience it at some point, where the ball just flies out of your hand, and unfortunately I got to experience it tonight," Osweiler said. "The refs made the call that they made. It seemed like the football went forward, but at the end of the day, the refs are out there for a reason. They made a call and that's what we have to live with."

Harris said he’s in the habit of always picking up a loose ball, and this time it paid off. But he said he wished Osweiler would have actually been able to follow through with the throw, because he was ready to jump the route.

"The whole time I thought I had a pick-six," Harris said. "I wish he would have held the ball and threw that pick to me. I was right there for it."


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