Packers cornerback Al Harris is seeking third- and fourth-opinions on his ruptured spleen, an injury he suffered in Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Unless something drastic happens, Harris will most likely not need season-ending surgery on the injury. The uncertainty of Harris’ injury creates a quandry for the Packers, as Harris creates dead weight on the 53-man roster. Putting Harris on injured reserve would free up a roster slot, but would also make Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy look extremely stupid if Harris would heal fast enough to make a return for the playoff push, but not be allowed to play.
Harris could make a Ronnie Lott-like move, getting his spleen removed so he could play this Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Harris nixed this idea quickly because that procedure is extremely risky. For the time being, Harris will be one of the eight inactive players on gameday, and Tramon Williams will start in his place against Tampa.