After coming out of nowhere and finishing strong last season, DuJuan Harris was expected to compete for the Green Bay Packers starting running back spot this season. Well, that hasn’t happened and it may not ever happen.
Harris didn’t participate in OTAs or minicamp after having a cyst removed from his lung. When the Packers opened training camp he went on the physically unable to perform list with what has been termed a minor knee injury.
Now, although Harris says he’s healthy and ready to go, coach Mike McCarthy says Harris will be out two or three more weeks. That means Harris will have limited, if any, opportunities to win the starting spot. In fact, it may leave him in danger of getting cut.
The Packers have four other capable backs on the roster and all of them are healthy at the moment. Alex Green and James Starks have been splitting time with the No. 1 offense and the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round and Johnathan Franklin in the fourth.
You know those last two guys are making the active roster unless they get injured. That leaves one or possibly two spots for Green, Starks and Harris.
If Harris isn’t on the field, he’s probably not on the roster.
There’s always the possibility the Packers could stash Harris on the PUP list to open the season, which means he’d be out the first six weeks. That would still mean they’d have to drop or trade a another running back when Harris returns. If the team’s backfield is healthy and performing well after the first six weeks, they could also move Harris to injured reserve, which means he’d be out for the entire season.
Knowing Ted Thompson’s M.O., Harris seems more likely to be a goner at some point, though.