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Knee injury lands DuJuan Harris on injured reserve

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 27, 2013 – 1:09 pm

GREEN BAY–The Packers have likely lost running back DuJuan Harris for the season to a knee injury. Following practice on Tuesday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced that Harris would be placed on the injured reserve list.

“He’s a young player I felt would be an impactful player for us on offense. It’s a tough blow for him. DuJuan was a big part of my individual focus for the season,” McCarthy said, referring to Harris and second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy forming “1-2 punch format” in the Packers backfield.

In last Friday’s loss to Seattle, Harris reinjured the knee that had kept him out of the first few weeks of training camp. The Seattle game was Harris’ first game back. He had flashed his trademark quickness in practice last week and there was talk of Harris and Lacy being complements to each other in a re-tooled running attack.

“What happens in Kansas City will say a lot about the remaining players in that group,” McCarthy said of the Packers running backs. McCarthy spoke prominently of veteran James Starks and Alex Green.

“It’s a long year. You need them all,” McCarthy said.

For more on Harris’ injury and Tuesday’s camp-ending kicking competition, click here.


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38 Responses to “Knee injury lands DuJuan Harris on injured reserve”

  1. By Kris on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Damn! I was looking forward to that Thunder and Lightning combo. We just can’t stay healthy man. Damn!

  2. By Kris on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Jonathan Franklin!!! Where’s he at??? Give the rook a try!

  3. By Brian on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Franklin hasn’t looked good. Looks to me like things move too fast for him and he’s having trouble figuring things out.

  4. By ATLPackrfan on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    This is not good! A backfield with promise at the beginning of camp is now not looking so great. Lacy is the real deal, but Green is still having issues with the knee and Starks and Franklin have been underwhelming. This injury to Harris really hurts (pardon the pun).

  5. By dennis on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Man that sucks !!! wonder if the Packer’s go after a Running back that has been released ? Franklin hasn’t had a good year as projected Starks and Green are injury Prone and Starks has looked terrible and like I said Franklin hasn’t looked that good like the Coach said this Thursday will be a big day for the running back corps. Hopefully Ted Thompson is on the phone asking about other Prospects ?

  6. By Lucky 7 on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I agree give Franklin a shot.

  7. By goldplater on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    That is sad.
    At least he will not have to sell cars. Good move by MM and TT, we will need him in the future.

    So Green and Starks: Turn it on.
    Franklin: Show some lightning, get your mind right and move.

    I am still confident we will be better, maybe not in the beginning but later in the season. The OLine will have to learn some ways of operation they did not know against Seattle. It will take time and PATIENCE from all, Fans included.

  8. By Jacques Lafleur on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I too was looking forward to his contributions to the team this year. Poor guy, i wish the best for him.

  9. By Aaron Udell on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I was really looking forward to watching Harris this year, I’m hoping the 2nd opinion gets him back on the field at some point this season. Horrible news!

  10. By ChukyChez1 on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Franklin is undersized, & not a good blocker. He may be OK as a punt or kickoff returner. Green has looked good. Maybe Stark will be able to stick around another year. As a player & not on the injured roster.

  11. By Mjanestar on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Get well DuJuan, I’m pulling for you! Hoping someone else besides Lacy steps up, or Ted pulls a Ted and finds a Ryan Grant kind of player off some other team’s roster.

  12. By tlvincent on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Lacy can handle the load, they just need to at least block so he doesn’t have to make 2 guys miss to get back to the line of scrimmage on every running play.

  13. By Todd Daily on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I am glad I did not bet on Packers to win the Super Bowl at 12-1. I am curious to see how that affects the odds. Packers have a good reason to vote for only 2 preseason games and extend the season to 18 games. They more people injured during preseason most will have during the season.

  14. By Jakaran on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    You guys are so ridiculous with your comments about Franklin. “he’s been underwhelming”, “hasnt has a good year as projected” It has been 3 preseason games.. 3!!! Calm down and give the kid a chance before you right him off my goodness. And ChukyChez1.. Really, you are going to say Franklin is undersized so he may be OK as a returner.. You guys have to be the most pendulum swinging downers around man.

  15. By TheEz on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Am i the only one whos really not that worried? Its not like Harris actually did anything for us in the past. That just means more reps for Lacey, who can actually carry the rock. Hope he gets better, but losing him isnt really a loss to me

  16. By Joe on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think it’s horribly fair to say that Franklin needs to be good RIGHT NOW. If Green does well, as well as Lacy, that can give Franklin the time needed to develop.

  17. By Dakota on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    why cant we be smart and sit out our good RBs, adrian peterson sits out why not be smart like that GAHHHHH!

  18. By charles collins on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I really hope the best for Harris with his type of spirit , he’s not finish. good luck man

  19. By Dan on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    One of the running backs who will be on the Packers roster in San Francisco is currently in the training camp of another team. He won’t arrive in Green Bay until after teams cut down to 53 players.

  20. By Gman on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Most of Franklin’s carries have been behind the 2nd and 3rd offensive line. Will be interesting to see how he does behind the starters and Lacy loosening up the defense.

  21. By Todd Daily on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Enighten us with your wisdom, I will take the bait, who may this be?

  22. By MarkK on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Kuhn and Lacy are all that’s really necessary. Stop fretting over the others.

  23. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    The sky is falling…..

  24. By reason1265 on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Not a good day for D Harris, was also really looking forward to him running for the Pack with a full off season program. I still think Jonathon Franklin is gonna be a good back for us, some guys just need more time than others. He has the speed and all the physical tools to be an NFL back. He just needs to put it all together and make his move. Could be a great guy on the screens with his speed and moves. (Note to MM) MORE SCREENS PLAYS!

  25. By ron on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I had designed a tee shirt graphic with non copy write pics of lacy and harris. with thunder above lacy and lightning above harris. it was going to be so cool. the shirt company called today to say they had a problem with one of the shirts so i had a chance to modify the graphic. it was going to be so cool. i’ll save it for next year

  26. By ron on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    on another note, it’s unlikely that Pease will be picked up by anybody. I’m pretty sure he’ll get placed on the practice squad. Give him sometime ther and he might be able to contribute later in the year

  27. By sharee on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    yea take out more packers

  28. By Cully on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Pack has had worst injury problems of any team in NFL over last 3 seasons. Is it conditioning or shd we just not play anyone worth starting in preseason? Sure, we’d be 0-3 but we’d have Bulaga and Harris healthy to start the season…just sayin’.

  29. By AZIowa on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    Unbelievable mourning for a used car salesman with 2 career starts and less than 200 yards rushing in 9 games. As a big Packer fan going back to the early Starr era I too hope he becomes the next Jim Taylor or Adrian Peterson but lets keep this in perspective. Bulaga was a bigger loss.

  30. By Ron Fulton on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    The Pack will need every running back they got with that offensive line. They better look at the waiver wire very carefully and pick up all offensive lineman they can because what they have will not cut it,

  31. By david schwalm on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    Stop worrying about the RBs and focus energies and attention on O-Line. It is the worst in league!! Even Bears’ O-line has improved significantly over 2012.
    It doesn’t matter if we had AP, our running game would still suck!!
    Beware Rodgers. You may go down close to 100 times this year. Not bad for the “best quarterback on the planet”. I Wonder who will be on hot seat when the Packers don’t make the play-offs this year WITH the best QB on the planet!!

  32. By JR Williams on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    The Packers have the interior looking improved which should help the running game. But the tackle positions don’t look as impressive, which won’t keep Aaron Rodgers off his backside any less than last year.

  33. By fromeo on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    I liked HARRIS, But watching the play that injured him, I didn’t see anything to were his knee just hit the turf! Seems he might be one of those ALWAYS injured players!

  34. By fromeo on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    I dont know what it is, BUT the injuries are a killer! Need to pick up a couple of o’ linemen. Need to change their workout routine. Way to many hamstring injuries to are wide outs!

  35. By Kj on Aug 29, 2013 | Reply

    david schwalmrote:
    Even Bears’ O-line has improved significantly over 2012.

    Your comments don’t seem like a P-fan, more like a Vike or Chi-homer. Minus Kyle Long, who has yet to prove himself in anything but preseason, the Bears’ line still s*cks. And he’s only a Guard, and could have been had later for a lesser pick.. Bakt’ is playing like a 1st round left tackle pick, and we STOLE him in a later round. Give me a good LT ANY day.

    If B-Bull was healthy, we’d have the clear advantage, but this line is far better than last year. Wait & see.

    Jones was the right 1st round choice, that much is clear. He will make more opportunities for Clay. And with Jolly & others back, the improved D will help the offense out immensely.

    david schwalm alsorote:
    Beware Rodgers. You may go down close to 100 times this year. Not bad for the “best quarterback on the planet”. I Wonder who will be on hot seat when the Packers don’t make the play-offs

    definitely not a packer=backer. Hey, when any other NFC North team goes deeper in the playoffs than Green Bay, THEN they will have earned the right to talk sm*ck. Posers.

    The most recent draft picks and unsigned rookies will turn out to be one of the best yet. I wish GB had picked Stanford’s Taylor over Franklin, but that is just nit-picking. I do think Franklin hsa potential, but needs development time.


  36. By Edward Heinz on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    Packers should sign Tim Tebow and make things real interesting in Green Bay!!!

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