DuJuan Harris in the hospital. Photograph courtesy of DuJuan Harris via Instagram

Fist-sized cyst won't slow DuJuan Harris

Teammates will no doubt rally around running back DuJuan Harris who was out of action this week after having a fist-sized cyst drained from his chest cavity. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Just when the Packers backfield looked as strong as ever for the Green Bay Packers, running back DuJuan Harris tweeted and sent a picture showing and describing the fist-sized cyst that was being drained from his right chest cavity.

The problem for head coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers is that their policy is that players, coaches and other staff don’t get into medical condition specifics with the public.


But McCarthy didn’t know that Harris had tweeted the information until after the second day’s minicamp practice.

“DuJuan Harris will not be available for the remainder of the offseason program,” McCarthy told the media following the practice. “As we stated, we have a policy in place where we don’t go into the specifics of injuries at this time. I’m confident that he’ll be ready for training camp.”

But despite the policy, it wasn’t long before Harris’s tweet was known by all. In fact, even his agent, Dave Lee, got into the act. Here’s what he told FOXSportsWisconsin.com: “It wasn’t cancerous. It’s one of those abnormalities that some people have. It was really large and it was brushing against his chest.”

Here is what Harris tweeted initially with a picture of himself with a large bandage over the right side of his chest: “Thank God for team physicals!!!!.”

He followed it up with this tweet: “EVERYTHING IS FINE. (Doctors) found a fist sized cyst on my lung next to my heart. Shows the importance of getting routine check-ups, GET YOURS!”

And there was more: “It’s a #blessing!!! Should be 110% very soon and back to work. Thanks for the prayers and keeping me lifted!!! MUCH LOVE”

Harris will remain in Green Bay while he completes his medical treatment for the cyst. With the inch-long incision, the recovery time is expected only to be a couple of weeks, according to published reports.

“It gives him plenty of time to relax and get better before training camp,” Lee  was reported as saying about his client’s condition.

The good news for Packers fans is that, according to the reports, this is a condition that isn’t unusual, but it’s a good thing it was caught in its current state and drained. No doubt, Harris will have to be monitored closely.

So, despite the setback, the Packers leading rusher from the last quarter of 2012 should be back on the field for training camp and competing for a job with the team.

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