DuJuan Harris out for season after being placed on IR

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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