BAY— DuJuan Harris had a very good reason for missing the Green
Bay Packers minicamp.
A team physical
Monday revealed that the running back had a fist-sized cyst on his
lung. The cyst was drained and removed Tuesday morning, and Harris
was already back home Wednesday when he announced the news in a
series of tweets.
for team physicals!!!" Harris said in the first tweet,
posting a picture of himself hooked up to a monitor, a large
bandage covering the 1-inch incision on the right side of his
The cyst was not
cancerous, agent Dave Lee said, and should not return. Harris
needs to let the incision heal, but he should be fully recovered
by the time training camp opens next month.
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!" Harris tweeted. "It's a (hash)blessing!!! Should
be 110 percent very soon and back to work. Thanks for the prayers
and keeping me lifted!!! MUCH LOVE."
Harris was the
feel-good story of Green Bay's season last year. The journeyman
was cut by Jacksonville at the end of training camp, then spent
all of four days in Pittsburgh before the Steelers let him go. He
went back to Jacksonville and was working at a car dealership when
the Packers signed him to the practice squad Oct. 24. Coaches were
impressed right away with what they saw from the pint-sized
running back — he plays much bigger than his 5-foot-8, 208
pounds — and when injuries decimated Green Bay's running game,
Harris was promoted to the active roster Dec. 1.
elusiveness and surprising power gave the Packers the consistent
run game they'd been searching for all season, and he'd cemented
his role as a starter by the end of the season. He rushed for 157
yards and two touchdowns in four games, and caught a team-high
five passes in the NFC wild-card win over Minnesota.
definitely was a big deal for him last year, and I expect for him
to find a way to get back out there again," wide receiver
Randall Cobb said.
He might be even
better now, too.
The cyst, which
doctors believe Harris has had his entire life, was pressing on
his lung, reducing its capacity, Lee said. After doctors
discovered it, Harris told them he'd occasionally felt pressure in
his chest, but assumed it was indigestion.
Now that it's
been removed, Harris will have full lung capacity.
news is, it might help him in the long run," said Lee,
Harris' agent. "He should be able to have more endurance. I'm
not going to say he'll be quicker, but he could last a few more
plays. That's the silver lining of it: He's actually going to come
out physically in better shape than when he went into the
Notes: With WR
Randall Cobb expected to be one of Aaron Rodgers' primary targets,
along with Jordy Nelson and James Jones, his time on special teams
would seem to be over. But that depends on his teammates, and
whether any one of them can step up and take the job from him,
coach Mike McCarthy said. "There's an opportunity there for
others to compete and perform," McCarthy said. "We won't
know that until training camp." Cobb said he doesn't care
what role he plays, as long as he's playing. "It doesn't
matter to me as long as we're getting wins," he said.
"Whatever it's going to take ... is what I'm down to
do." ... McCarthy said the "real football
evaluation" of DL Johnny Jolly, who is trying to make the
team after being suspended the past three seasons, will come in
training camp. ... With Greg Jennings now with the Minnesota
Vikings, James Jones joked that "I don't like Greg no more.
He left us."... The Packers won't practice Thursday, opting
for a team activity instead. What's the activity? "I really
don't know what it is yet. We're waiting on the weather,"
McCarthy said. Steady rain forced the Packers to practice inside
both Tuesday and Wednesday.