Harrell’s Injury Career Threatening?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that former first round pick Justin Harrell’s back injury may be serious enough to threaten his career.

If the clock wasn’t ticking before on the National Football League career of former first-round pick Justin Harrell, it is now.


Harrell admitted today that the “back spasms” coach Mike McCarthy said Harrell was suffering from last week, were actually a recurrence of herniated disc in his lower back that has bothered him since March of 2008.

Harrell has had surgeries on his L4 disc twice, and now could be facing a third. Harrell was already told his second surgery put his career in danger. So he realizes another would make the odds even longer.

“Definitely,” an obviously distraught Harrell said. “I’m trying not to think about it, but how can you not?”

Harrell said the plan remains the same: to pinpoint the problem and rectify it.

“Right now we’re just trying to get some other opinions and things like that and hopefully come up with a solution and what’s causing everything and go from there,” Harrell said. “Hopefully we’ll come up with a new treatment plan or something just to make it all go away.”

Harrell thought a 30-minute acupuncture treatment had solved the problem during the offseason. But he’s back at square one.

“It’s out of my hands,” said Harrell, who was lauded by McCarthy and strength coach Dave Redding for his off-season work. “I guess as long as I know I’m doing everything I can and I know the doctors are working night and day trying to use all the resources to come up with a solution, that’s really all I can ask for. I’m just trying to control my attitude and what I’m doing and as long as I’m doing that, it makes it a little easier to sleep at night.”

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One Response to “Harrell’s Injury Career Threatening?”

  1. John Zoul says:

    It’s just a thought, but, maybe medical doctors with their scalpels and drugs aren’t the answer.

    I used to have recurring back pain in my 20’s and 30’s from lifting and overdoing heavy weights. I was referred to arguably the top chiropractor in the SE U.S., Dr. Jose Mauricio (Orlando, Florida-Mauricio Chiropractic Group). For the past twenty years, I now see him once or twice a year. My back has never been better thanks in large part to this medical professional.

    Not only as aPackers fan but, also, as a human being who has previously suffered with back pain, I feel a lot of empathy for Justin. I hope he finds the proper long-term solution to his back problems. The answer is not prescription drugs. They attack the pain but, only temporarily, and do not address the reason for the pain. Good fortune-luck is really not involved.

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