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Harrell’s Injuries Becoming a Big Concern for Pack?

From: Pro Football Weekly:

If you’re looking for the most disappointing aspect of the Packers’ just-concluded OTAs, look no further than 2007 first-round draft pick Justin Harrell, who was shut down after injuring a disc lifting weights and undergoing minor back surgery in mid-April. In a perfect world, plans call for Harrell to be part of a quality three-man DT rotation this coming season, along with veteran Ryan Pickett — who normally comes out on passing downs and plays exclusively on the left side — and Johnny Jolly, who was coming on strong last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 10.

But Harrell, who has been hurt more often than not since becoming the 16th overall pick in the 2007 draft, is now falling behind the curve for the second straight season. Still recovering from a torn biceps suffered in his final season at Tennessee, Harrell didn’t participate in any contact drills during Green Bay’s pre-training-camp activities last season. Never close to being in the kind of shape he needed to be, according to daily team observers, Harrell later came up lame with an ankle injury that forced him to miss five games in midseason. Although he did flash some decent run-stopping skills in his time on the field in ’07, he showed no ability at all as a pass rusher.

The Packers now must hope he is better-equipped to bounce back from injury than he was last season. If there’s any good news, it’s that both Harrell and Jolly are expected to be fully ready for training camp at the end of July.

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One Response to “Harrell’s Injuries Becoming a Big Concern for Pack?”

  1. Mr footballtocks says:

    Watch his speed at the snap, he gets off the ball noticeibly faster than anyone else on either line. Too bad hes lazy.

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