Harrell Seems More and More Like a Non-Factor for the Pack

Pro Football Weekly reports that it looks as if Justin Harrell is still a non-factor on the Packers defense:

In the first week of training camp, we hear former first-round draft pick Justin Harrell was looking like as good a fit in the team’s new 3-4 defense as any defender, consistently stacking blockers and warranting serious consideration for the starting DLE role ahead of both veteran Johnny Jolly and 2009 No. 1 pick B.J. Raji. On Aug. 11, however, after suffering a recurrence of the herniated disc in his lower back that already has required two operations, Harrell couldn’t have been more despondent, sources say, immediately fearing that a third operation could end his career. Harrell since has been assured by a back specialist at Northwestern University that he won’t risk permanent damage by attempting to continue playing, as doctors were able to determine the cause of his latest back pain. That said, we hear it has become very likely he will be placed on injured reserve before long.

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One Response to “Harrell Seems More and More Like a Non-Factor for the Pack”

  1. John Zoul says:

    Justin Harrell’s back is “wasted.” As a minimum, he needs to go on the PUP List. I know a few friends with messed-up backs and it’s just a shame for Harrell. Surgeries seldom repair the problem. My best wishes to Justin, as I’m sure he wants to play as much as anyone.

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