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DuJuan Harris out for season after being placed on IR

DuJuan Harris was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday with a knee injury and will miss all of 2013.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In the eyes of coach Mike McCarthy, the Green Bay Packers just lost their starting running back for the season. McCarthy announced Tuesday that DuJuan Harris will be placed on injured reserve with a patellar tendon injury to his right knee.

"It's a tough one," McCarthy said. "He was definitely a young player I felt was going to be impactful on offense. I know it's a tough blow for him, but we need to get him healthy and we will start that process."

Despite the Packers drafting Eddie Lacy in the second round and trading up for Johnathan Franklin in the fourth round, McCarthy described Harris as the team's starting running back on multiple occasions during training camp. Even though Harris missed the first couple weeks of practices -- as well as the offseason training activities -- with an earlier version of this same injury, McCarthy didn't change his mind, classifying him as Green Bay's top running back.

"I didn't want to let them down. I want to be out there for them," Harris said. "They know this. I was going to give them my all. It hurts not to be able to do that for them. I'll definitely work my (butt) off to get back healthy."

Over the past 12 months, the 24-year-old Harris went from being a used cars salesman to a player on the Packers' practice squad to starting for Green Bay in its two playoff games.

"It just adds on to the story. It's not over with," Harris said. "We're probably reading like, let's just say it's a 12-chapter book, we're probably on (chapter) 4 or 5. We've got a long story ahead of us."

The Packers will now almost certainly turn to Lacy as their starter, potentially even making the former Alabama star their every-down running back.



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