DuJuan Harris. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

DuJuan Harris Could Miss Green Bay Packers Season Opener


DuJuan Harris‘s preseason debut was nothing short of disappointing. Entering training camp, Harris was pegged to be the Green Bay Packers starting running back, but now it looks like he may not even be ready to start the season in San Francisco on Sept. 8.

Harris had two yards on three carries on Friday night before reinjuring his knee on a screen pass. The second-year back was taken out of the game and held out of practice this week. He’s doubtful to play against Kansas City on Thursday, and may not even be ready to go for the Packers season opener, according to Chris Wesselling of NFL.com.

Wesselling reported earlier today that Harris’ knee injury could be more serious than he let on after the game, and he’s currently seeking a second opinion.

In his press conference today, Coach McCarthy also said that Harris’s “status is in question” for week one, meaning it’s unlikely he’ll be ready to suit up against the Forty-Niners.

This is not a good start for Harris this season. With second-round pick Eddie Lacy really coming on strong in camp, Harris will have to fight hard for playing time in the Packers backfield, and that begins with getting healthy and staying in the lineup.

Lacy looks like the real deal and may have taken the starting job in the backfield from Harris, regardless, but with Harris missing so much time already, Lacy is now the odds on favorite to start at running back for Green Bay.

Eddie Lacy. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Ideally, the Packers would like both Lacy and Harris to be healthy and utilize both of their talents in the game. They each offer something different at the running back position and could complement each other well, but at this point, Harris’s return to action is uncertain. He could even be out several weeks into the season.

This means the Packers will be relying heavily on the legs of Lacy to get their run game going this season. Lacy should be able to handle the responsibility. He’s a big bruising back that can get the tough yards. He didn’t have a great day against Seattle on Friday night, but he also didn’t get a lot of room to work with.

The Packers line had trouble opening holes against Seattle’s eight man fronts. However, it’s highly unlikely opposing defenses will play with eight in the box throughout the game with Aaron Rodgers under center.

With Harris out for an undetermined amount of time, look for Lacy to grab the reins in the Packers backfield and make the most of his opportunities.

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  • Mel E.

    “…and could compliment each other well,…”

    It’s “complEment”, not “i.”

    Considering Lacy did nothing special against the Seahawks, exactly how is that indicative of “the real deal?” Training camp is one thing, being on the field, another.

    Let’s not over-speculate and reduce the value of this blog. Let’s also remember that the Season is much longer than it’s opening week. There aren’t many dead-honest voices when it comes to the upcoming 49ers game. What if we actually called it what it is? A very tough game for GB to open with. Perhaps impossible given they don’t really seem to have much of a groove-on at all? But, the rest of the Season, even with a challenging schedule won’t be nearly as tough as Game One. Seeing the 49ers in the play-offs will be a whole different kettle of fish. But, Game One? Honestly? How many of us think there’s a shot at winning it given what we’ve seen the past few weeks?

    Believing that putting Lacy in on his own to Start is a good thing for anyone on this side of the field is just plain wrong. It’s not good for Lacy, he could use more complementary players to rotate with. Then again, I’m not even sure it matters who’s on the field for Game One. I’d rather see a stronger Harris in Game two or three, than see him risk the entire Season just to be a Starter on opening day.

    • Tdub

      Debbie Downer

    • Dan

      Thanks for the note, Mel. I missed that one. It’s fixed now.

    • Dan

      Good points, as well. Game one will be tough for the Packers. There’s no doubt about that. I’ll be happy as long as they’re competitive with the 49ers. If the game remains close, I think that will already say a lot about the 2013 Packers.

  • Taryn Miller

    Harris like Starks,gave us..some more than others, hope for a run game,in a playoff atmosphere, and as much as I pulled for Starks,I accept he isn’t getting it done and it appears Harris has taken over the role of injury prone whether counting the cyst removal or not and now creates a stir for Lacy to carry the load.

    SF will start off with the same defense,taking away the deep ball for Rodgers, until the run game dictates otherwise and that is all Lacy needs to do…force the safeties up just enough..however to do this,he must win when the Niners know its coming,or the box stays at minimum players.

    Can the Packers win in SF week 1..sure….as long as Rodgers is protected more so from our running and not him running and getting hit and sacked by them.

  • Mark Davis

    Lacey does not have to carry the load at running back. Green looked OK to split time and the Pack isn’t a running team. I hope MM resists the temptation to overuse Lacey if he has some success because his running style is more likely to get him injured.

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