We all knew it was only a matter of time until Green Bay Packers defensive end Justin Harrell suffered his annual season-ending injury.
Somehow, Harrell managed to stay on the field throughout the preseason this year, but Sunday, Harrell had to be helped off with a knee injury. Today came confirmation that Harrell tore his ACL and will be put on injured reserve.
He won’t play another down for the Packers this season and may not play another down of football ever again.
Harrell, who was injured will blocking for a field goal, has managed to play a whopping 14 games in four seasons with the Packers. He didn’t play at all in 2009 and this will mark the fourth time in his four years he’s ended the season on injured reserve.
Previously, Harrell ended up on IR because of back problems.
Is the guy cursed?
Who knows, but I think it’s fair to crown Justin Harrell Ted Thompson’s worst draft pick ever.
Is it Harrell’s fault he keeps getting injured?
Not entirely. Some guys are just injury prone, but being able to stay on the field is often half the battle in the NFL. If you can’t do it, you’re simply not an NFL player.
If this is the end for Harrell, the former No. 16 pick in the 2007 NFL draft will go down with a stat line that looks like this: 28 tackles and zero sacks in four seasons.
The Packers are bringing back defensive end Jarius Wynn, who they released during final roster cuts, to take Harrell’s spot on the roster.