Bay Packers' DuJuan Harris catches a ball during NFL football
training camp Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — After
missing virtually all the offseason and the first 2 1/2 weeks of
training camp because of a knee injury, Green Bay Packers running
back DuJuan Harris passed his physical and took part in his first
offseason addition of second-round pick Eddie Lacy and fourth-round
pick Johnathan Franklin, coach Mike McCarthy still had Harris atop
his running back depth chart, even before he practiced.
Harris' status was based on what he did last season. After being
promoted to the 53-man roster on Dec. 1, Harris carried 34 times for
157 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season, then added 28
carries for 100 yards and two more TDs in the playoffs. He also
caught two passes for 17 yards in the regular season and seven
passes for 64 yards in the playoffs.
Harris, the way we finished the season I would classify him as a
starter on our football team," McCarthy said. "That
doesn't mean he goes out and plays every down. (But) I have that
confidence in him. It took us awhile to get him ready last year, but
I thought he finished the season very strong."
Harris had been out
of football and working at a Jacksonville, Fla., car dealership when
the Packers called and added him to the practice squad last October.
The Packers were
only in helmets and shorts Monday. When they are in pads on Tuesday,
McCarthy said, Harris will likely be limited to individual drills.
confident that sometime next week he'll be where he needs to
be," McCarthy said.
That means Harris
is unlikely to play Saturday night at St. Louis, although he has
Bay Packers' DuJuan Harris during NFL football training camp
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
Harris replied when asked if he will play against the Rams.
Harris wouldn't say
what the injury was or when it happened, but he admitted he was
getting anxious to return to action.
"I love my
teammates. I've been missing them a lot since I've been gone,
feeling a little lonely, now I'm glad to be back home," Harris
said. "When you're away from something for so long, you kind of
value it a more, so I've kind of learned that a little bit more. I
was ready to get back, but I had to take my time. I didn't want to
come back too soon."
He may have
returned at just the right time. The Packers running backs carried
26 times for just 70 yards (2.7-yard average) against Arizona, with
James Starks (12 carries, 38 yards, 3.2-yard average) the most
productive of the bunch.
Harris said he
isn't bothered by the increased competition and that he's focusing
on himself first.
competition is the name of the game," Harris said.
NOTES: Lacy missed
his third straight practice and did not dress for the Packers'
preseason-opening 17-0 loss to Arizona on Friday. McCarthy did not
update Lacy's status. ... Defensive end Datone Jones' ankle injury
is not serious. He did not practice and McCarthy said he'll be out
at least "a couple days," but the rookie first-round pick
has not been ruled out for Saturday night's game. . Wide receiver
Randall Cobb (biceps) was back practicing. Jordy Nelson (knee) did
not practice but stood and watched. . Kickers Mason Crosby and
Giorgio Tavecchio went head-to-head in practice. Crosby was 7-for-8,
Tavecchio 8-for-8. Each kicked twice from 36, 42, 46, 53 yards out,
with Crosby's lone miss coming from 46. . Rookie Micah Hyde worked
at the second cornerback with Sam Shields in the base defense after
Davon House had a tough night Friday. . Rookie Tyrone Walker worked
as the third wide receiver with James Jones and Cobb on the No. 1
offense after good showing Friday night.