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Justin Harrell is out for the season

Packers defensive lineman Justin Harrell will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday.

We knew Harrell’s injury was serious, and it’s not terribly surprising.  The 2007 first-round pick has only played in 14 games in four seasons because of injuries.  He has two career starts.

Green Bay’s defensive line depth could really be tested if they lose another player.  Defensive end Johnny Jolly was already suspended indefinitely before the season.

The Packers also confirmed that running back Ryan Grant will miss this week’s game against the Bills, so Brandon Jackson will get the start.  The Packers have no other tailback on the roster, so they’ll have to pick someone up.  Fullback John Kuhn is expected to back up Jackson.

Grant is the anti-Harrell.  This will only be his second missed game in four seasons.

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  1. Dom Capers says: Sep 13, 2010 1:11 PM

    2 words: injury settlement

  2. ShimSham says: Sep 13, 2010 1:14 PM

    Sad to see this right after he was finally able to recover from a bad lower-back injury (suffered in the weight room) two years ago. He looked productive in his first game back only to suffer a fluke knee injury.
    The guy can’t catch a break, he’s incredibly unlucky. Sadly, people will continue to hate the guy for things outside of his control.

  3. Allied Biscuit says: Sep 13, 2010 1:15 PM

    too bad. just another guy that never really got to show his stuff because of injuries. can’t really blame anybody for that. it happens. hope he can get better.

  4. mattgso says: Sep 13, 2010 1:15 PM

    Harrell was a gamble I wish TT didn’t take. But what was done is done. Time to move on.
    A shame because Harrell is a classy guy.

  5. asdfghjkl says: Sep 13, 2010 1:16 PM

    Better Green Bay than Pittsburgh:)

  6. JJCheesehead says: Sep 13, 2010 1:22 PM

    I remember when he got drafted. First off it was the 16th overall pick, I was dumbfounded as alot of mock drafts had him going in the late 2nd to 3rd round, and the draft analysts were confused too.
    Todd Mcshay’s first comment is, you have to think that Harrell is going to get traded after being picked there, the next thing he says is Harrell had alot of injuries at Tennessee. This is easily the worst pick of the Ted Thompson era thus far.

  7. lars thorwald says: Sep 13, 2010 1:22 PM

    The Packers don’t necessarily ‘have’ to pick up another running back if Grant’s absence will only be a game or two. John Kuhn can once again fill in as a back-up half back. If the Pack does bring someone in, it may be Kregg Lumpkin or James Johnson. As for Harrell being lost, I don’t think anyone in Green Bay is particularly shocked or alarmed (except for Harrell). Jarius Wynn, stay close to your phone……….

  8. Pervy H. says: Sep 13, 2010 1:25 PM

    I sympathize with Harrell….reminds me of myself in many ways….
    Went to North Hollywood in the 90’s cuz I’m hung like Shank.Got my shot at big time porn. Kept nuttin’ too quick and got cut…
    Hang in there Harrell, always another job to do!

  9. Pervy H. says: Sep 13, 2010 1:27 PM

    I sympathize with Harrell….reminds me of myself in many ways….
    Went to North Hollywood in the 90’s cuz I’m hung like Shank.Got my shot at big time porn. Kept nuttin’ too quick and got cut…
    Hang in there Harrell, always another job to do!

  10. lebowski says: Sep 13, 2010 1:32 PM

    Good luck in your life after football, Justin. We hardly knew ye. He’s like a 300-lb. Bob Sanders.

  11. terraincognita says: Sep 13, 2010 1:34 PM

    Harrell will be back next year along with Bush. You know it, and I know it :-)

  12. va4favre says: Sep 13, 2010 1:36 PM

    This is sad news news and I would never wish an injury on a player even one with the Packers. If you recall, however, Harrell was injured when GB picked him and had a history of injuries in college. It is still very sad and I wish him the best.

  13. jb1996 says: Sep 13, 2010 1:36 PM

    the only plus about drafting Harrell is that we didnt draft Quinn has been injured even before he was in the league lets cut him already n get some money back or put players on the team that can actually last training camp

  14. footballrulz says: Sep 13, 2010 1:41 PM

    Nice analogy there Perv. LOL

  15. Canetic says: Sep 13, 2010 1:45 PM

    You have to start an all-time injury franchise. Do you pick Harrell or Bob Sanders with your first pick? I have to go with Bob Sanders because he consistently disappoints on a grand scale.

  16. Bordner says: Sep 13, 2010 1:45 PM

    Pervy H. says:
    September 13, 2010 1:27 PM
    I sympathize with Harrell….reminds me of myself in many ways….
    Went to North Hollywood in the 90’s cuz I’m hung like Shank.Got my shot at big time porn. Kept nuttin’ too quick and got cut…
    Hang in there Harrell, always another job to do!
    ————————————————
    That was actually funny. Would have been funnier if you had only posted it once.

  17. skimbell says: Sep 13, 2010 1:52 PM

    jb1996 says:
    September 13, 2010 1:36 PM
    the only plus about drafting Harrell is that we didnt draft Quinn has been injured even before he was in the league lets cut him already n get some money back or put players on the team that can actually last training camp
    ______________________
    ?

  18. RC IV says: Sep 13, 2010 1:57 PM

    Shim:
    Nobody hates Harell. The mocking that goes on is for TT drafting him WAY to high.
    I never had anything against the guy, it was just a dumb draft pick.

  19. ClayMath52 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:03 PM

    Bummer Harrell. I have to think that was your last shot.

  20. That's Mr Rodgers to you says: Sep 13, 2010 2:03 PM

    This kid has fought hard to get back from every injury he has suffered. He has endured an incredible amount of pain not just through the injury s but through the rehab as well. This says an awful lot about his character! I believe it is his character that prompted Ted to draft him. Too bad his body could not keep up with his desire. He would have been an incredible player!
    Good Harrell

  21. murray22 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:03 PM

    Harrell is not a bad guy. He was a first round pick because of his size and potential. He was definitely going to be drafted in the first round even in Green Bay hadn’t drafted him. He then injured his back lifting weights during one off season when he was out of shape. The back injury cost him almost two seasons. He made the team this year as fifth DL and now suffers the knee injury. Poor bastard can’t catch a break. And his wife just had a baby…..

  22. That's Mr Rodgers to you says: Sep 13, 2010 2:04 PM

    Sorry
    Good luck Harrell

  23. cowboyssuck says: Sep 13, 2010 2:04 PM

    Hey, hey, hey. It’s Fat Albert. Skins will trade him for a tub of lard. That would be an edven swap.

  24. Wipackman says: Sep 13, 2010 2:05 PM

    Breath easy Brett …..your historic consecutive starts streak is no longer in danger, Justin Harrell is out !!

  25. slutnuts says: Sep 13, 2010 2:05 PM

    enter brandon jackson, with this shot jackson should be able to vault himself into a time share with grant

  26. Wipackman says: Sep 13, 2010 2:08 PM

    Pervy ….. prison break time is over get back to your cell and stare at your Mary Tyler Moore and Al Franken posters .

  27. jj jones says: Sep 13, 2010 2:14 PM

    “Canetic says:
    September 13, 2010 1:45 PM
    You have to start an all-time injury franchise. Do you pick Harrell or Bob Sanders with your first pick? I have to go with Bob Sanders because he consistently disappoints on a grand scale.”
    They both are reaching Officer Nordberg stature.

  28. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 13, 2010 2:24 PM

    Wow, a rough game for both sides. Hope we both got our shares for the year out of the way.

  29. Majik Bullet says: Sep 13, 2010 2:26 PM

    Shocking. You draft a guy with an injury history dating back to high school, and he ends up never playing because of injuries. Alomost as big of a bust as Hawk.

  30. County K 66ers says: Sep 13, 2010 2:36 PM

    Harrell will be back. Willard Harrell that is.

  31. Pervy H. says: Sep 13, 2010 2:41 PM

    Wipackman says:
    September 13, 2010 2:08 PM
    Pervy ….. prison break time is over get back to your cell and stare at your Mary Tyler Moore and Al Franken posters .
    ===================================
    I’m in Madison today….any you Pack freaks want to get drunk and argue?

  32. PackAttack says: Sep 13, 2010 2:52 PM

    Someone mentioned Todd McShay… that’s funny.

  33. Beer Cheese Soup says: Sep 13, 2010 3:06 PM

    terraincognita says:
    Harrell will be back next year along with Bush. You know it, and I know it :-)
    ____________
    That’s utterly ridiculous.
    …and worse yet, it’s probably true.


    RC IV says:
    Nobody hates Harell. The mocking that goes on is for TT drafting him WAY to high.
    I never had anything against the guy, it was just a dumb draft pick.
    ____________
    Agreed. I don’t get why people call him a bust. A bust is someone like Ryan Leaf, or Troy Williamson.. A highly rated player coming out of college who just sucks at the pro level.
    NO ONE had Harrell rated anywhere near where he was picked. He’s not a Williamson type at all, but more of a Dimitrius Underwood: a downright stupid, “what the…”, should-have-known-not-to kind of pick.
    The situation isn’t Harrell’s fault at all, it’s Ted’s. If Harrell had gone late in the 4th like he was originally projected to, no one would care how hurt he annually gets. This is what happens when you have a complete joke of a GM.

  34. mgulrud says: Sep 13, 2010 3:18 PM

    i dont get people who say he was a gamble of a pick, he had an injury in school (that he played thru) that had nothing to do with his current bad luck… bust of a player? not really just another talented guy who cant stay healthy enuff to play. it happens and now its time to move on.

  35. cronn100 says: Sep 13, 2010 3:27 PM

    Did Johnny Jolly ever get out of prison? Not the spotless organization Packer fans believe they have “up dare”.

  36. Bob Nelson says: Sep 13, 2010 3:27 PM

    The only good thing is that he will have the surgery and rehab and has a chance to be ready or very close to ready by training camp next season.

  37. Hauschild says: Sep 13, 2010 3:39 PM

    To be fair to the Albino, Mike Shanahan is on record as saying that if Green Bay didn’t draft Harrell, Denver would have. Denver picked one pick later at #17 and selected Jarvis Moss.
    I guess that’s a classic case of: 6 of one, half-dozen of the other.

  38. backdapack10 says: Sep 13, 2010 3:56 PM

    “Did Johnny Jolly ever get out of prison?”
    ———-
    he was never convicted of anything…he was suspended for dope, you dope!

  39. 1mge says: Sep 13, 2010 3:59 PM

    Jolly never went to prison becouse charges were dropped. To bad we can’t get a MN Judge to over rule his suspension so he can play. Vikings cheat as bad as the Pats & there film crew but just in a different way.

  40. J Dub says: Sep 13, 2010 4:01 PM

    “This is what happens when you have a complete joke of a GM.”
    You mean like a GM who increases the value of a 40 year old QB who wants to retire….and then excuses “the three stooges” from practice to go fetch said 40 year old QB?
    I’ll take Ted…….

  41. Ambrose says: Sep 13, 2010 4:03 PM

    If a non-football person were to read the Packer Hater comments on this site regarding the success rate of first round draft picks, they’d think that every first round pick on every team in the last five years is a Pro-Bowler….except Packer picks.
    Hey…we know you hate the Packers…we get that part. The part you don’t get is that we don’t care what you think.

  42. FoF says: Sep 13, 2010 4:04 PM

    ShimSham says:
    September 13, 2010 1:14 PM
    Sad to see this right after he was finally able to recover from a bad lower-back injury (suffered in the weight room) two years ago. He looked productive in his first game back only to suffer a fluke knee injury.
    The guy can’t catch a break, he’s incredibly unlucky. Sadly, people will continue to hate the guy for things outside of his control.
    Luck had nothing to do with his back injury. His lack of work ethic at the time was the reason for it. He came into camp that year horribly out of shape. Because of that he injured his back overexerting himself trying to catch up.
    The guy is a hack, and everybody knew that on draft day except TT.

  43. Pervy H. says: Sep 13, 2010 5:06 PM

    Ambrose says: Hey…we know you hate the Packers…we get that part. The part you don’t get is that we don’t care what you think.
    ===================================
    Ambruce- If it didn’t bother you….why take the time to explain your position? Relax sweetheart…we don’t hate the Packers,us Viking fans are too mature for that. We just like to kick the snot out of them and pick on their fragile fan base.

  44. Someone says: Sep 13, 2010 5:29 PM

    Wow, 40+ comments as I type this and like 3 of them are from your rivals to rub it in. That is a scathing indictment of Packer trolls who would be posting all kinds of garbage posts if it was the Vikings, Bears or Detroit having this same predicament. Keep that in mind before you troll other threads.
    I know not all of these Packers above are bad though…

  45. ACS2 says: Sep 13, 2010 5:34 PM

    Pervy H. says:
    September 13, 2010 2:41 PM
    I’m in Madison today….any you Pack freaks want to get drunk and argue?
    ————
    Why the hell would they let you in? Was the gene pool getting too deep?

  46. purpleguy says: Sep 13, 2010 5:35 PM

    Honestly, the Harrell injury is a shame. My initial question was wondering if he blew out a knee bending over to adjust his back brace. And please tell me again why the hell TT didn’t sign Westbrook in the off-season?

  47. ACS2 says: Sep 13, 2010 5:49 PM

    Hey, how’s Erasmus James working out?

  48. badfish69 says: Sep 13, 2010 6:37 PM

    The dude definitely had the skills. Tennessee wouldn’t have given him Reggie Whites number if he didn’t, but he is just snake bitten. He worked his ass of all off season to get on the field and he tears his ACL on a field goal attempt? Just extremely unlucky.

  49. Majik Bullet says: Sep 13, 2010 6:39 PM

    ACS2 says:
    September 13, 2010 5:49 PM
    Hey, how’s Erasmus James working out?
    ________________
    About as well as Jamal Reynolds. But we don’t bring up busts from past regimes, because it does not pertain to the subject matter, like listing busts of the Thompson era. So, when trying to be reasonable and fair (understandably difficult for a homer such as yourself), go ahead and name one failed 1st round pick from the Spielman era. Ted has 2, and Raji is well on his way to being number 3.

  50. badfish69 says: Sep 13, 2010 6:41 PM

    # purpleguy says: September 13, 2010 5:35 PM
    Honestly, the Harrell injury is a shame. My initial question was wondering if he blew out a knee bending over to adjust his back brace. And please tell me again why the hell TT didn’t sign Westbrook in the off-season?
    —————————————————–
    Tell me why 30 other teams didn’t sign him in the off season. Tell me why he wasn’t even active yesterday.

  51. badfish69 says: Sep 13, 2010 6:56 PM

    # Majik Bullet says: September 13, 2010 6:39 PM
    ACS2 says:
    September 13, 2010 5:49 PM
    Hey, how’s Erasmus James working out?
    ________________
    About as well as Jamal Reynolds. But we don’t bring up busts from past regimes, because it does not pertain to the subject matter, like listing busts of the Thompson era. So, when trying to be reasonable and fair (understandably difficult for a homer such as yourself), go ahead and name one failed 1st round pick from the Spielman era. Ted has 2, and Raji is well on his way to being number 3.
    —————————————————-
    You mean the same Raji who had a sack yesterday and continually stuffed the middle all game? That Raji? The same guy who the Eagles had to hold to open a lane for McCoy’s TD? If I was a whiny cunt Viking fan I would complain about that, but hey that’s football. What can you do?

  52. Scaevola says: Sep 13, 2010 7:57 PM

    FoF = PoS

  53. Pack83 says: Sep 13, 2010 9:07 PM

    To say you’re not surprised is just so douchey…a guy getting rolled up on a Field Goal attempt and blowing his knee out is fluke thing, independent of anything in the past. Yes, he’s had injuries, but what happened to him yesterday was unlucky, fate, whatever you want to call it, but there’s nothing he or anyone could have done about it.

  54. Beer Cheese Soup says: Sep 13, 2010 9:41 PM

    J Dub says:
    “This is what happens when you have a complete joke of a GM.”
    You mean like a GM who increases the value of a 40 year old QB who wants to retire….and then excuses “the three stooges” from practice to go fetch said 40 year old QB?
    I’ll take Ted…….
    ____________
    That was a coach, not a GM, who pulled that crap, although I use the term “coach” loosely. Childress is arguably the worst coach in the league, that team is completely stacked with talent, and yet they will never win a damn thing with him calling plays.
    I am definitely glad we have McCarthy over Childress, and even more so to have Rodgers over Favre. Vikings are stacked with said talent for a reason however, and so anyone who would take Ted (the worst GM currently in the NFL) over Spielman (one of the top five best) is a damned fool. The Packers don’t suck, but Ted sure does.

  55. Majik Bullet says: Sep 13, 2010 10:51 PM

    badfish
    So Raji gets one sack, and now he’s a stud? Jamal Reynolds had a few sacks in his career as well. And stuffing the Eagle run game? The Eagles put up 150 rushing yards, with an average of over 7 YPC.
    What’s funny about that post is how you say you won’t whine about the “holding” call, yet you bringing it up out of the blue is, you guessed it, whining about it. But you’re too clueless to even recognize that.

  56. badfish69 says: Sep 14, 2010 12:22 AM

    Majik Bullet says: September 13, 2010 10:51 PM
    badfish
    So Raji gets one sack, and now he’s a stud? Jamal Reynolds had a few sacks in his career as well. And stuffing the Eagle run game? The Eagles put up 150 rushing yards, with an average of over 7 YPC.
    ——————————————————
    Oh man this is just too easy. Did you watch the game? I’m guessing not. How many of those rushing yards were gained up the middle where Raji plays? 103 of those rushing yards came from Mike Vick scrambling around the ends. Yeah that’s right Raji doesn’t play the edge genius. The correct answer btw is 20 yds. of rushing for the Eagles up the middle where Raji plays. Sorry I guess he wasn’t perfect on every play. If that makes him a bust in your small little mind, then so be it.

  57. badfish69 says: Sep 14, 2010 12:33 AM

    I’m going to use Majik logic and proclaim Percy Harvin a bust. Sure he had a great rookie year, but so did Hawk and he is a bust according to him. Now all Percy does is get sick from headaches and run lazy routes. BUST!!!

  58. GBGREG says: Sep 14, 2010 12:51 AM

    This is horrible. The world will never what could’ve been. Justin was an absolute beast at
    UT. Also wouldn’t call someone a bust over injuries Best of luck & prayers to him.

  59. RC IV says: Sep 14, 2010 8:38 AM

    Majik:
    Forget bad fish.
    Once he started defending harrell ,you had to know you weren’t dealing with someone that has a firm grip on reality.
    He’s one of those cheese turds that thinks every packer starter is a pro bowler and there subs would be too, if they were starting.
    The reason everyone hates these packer fans is because it is never anything to do with the opponent.
    They fall back on the win is a win is win line for when they know they got lucky.
    “They were protecting the ball”…….
    It’s not that Vick played well, they never give the other team any credit whatsoever.
    It’s sickening to listen too.
    Check out the power rankings….Vikes with a loss and the Pack a win and the vikes are at #4 and the Pack are at #5…..
    Too funny.
    Badfish you are such a poop smasher.

  60. Majik Bullet says: Sep 14, 2010 9:25 AM

    RC
    Indeed, you are correct sir. I should know better than to argue with a Harrell lover, but it’s so hard to resist someone saying how much of a “beast” Raji is, and now this comparison of Hawk and Harvin. The thing is, Harvin actually sees the field for more than special teams, Hawk didn’t play a down of defense. How is that not a bust?
    As for no yards up the middle, did you watch the game genius? Many of Vick’s scrambles were him being flushed straight up the middle while he was in the pocket, leading hime right into “beast” territory. But whatever helps you sleep at night.

  61. ACS2 says: Sep 14, 2010 1:56 PM

    Hey, how’s Dmitrius Underwood working out?

  62. Majik Bullet says: Sep 14, 2010 2:47 PM

    ACS2 says:
    September 14, 2010 1:56 PM
    Hey, how’s Dmitrius Underwood working out?
    _______________
    Seriously, you’re bringing up a draft bust from 11 years ago? Do you really want to get into ancient draft busts, being a fan of the team who drafted the guy nicknamed “The Incredible Bust?”

  63. ACS2 says: Sep 15, 2010 9:31 AM

    Hey, how’s Herschel Walker working out?

  64. Majik Bullet says: Sep 15, 2010 10:22 AM

    Wow, ACS2, you just keep getting dumber. Do you really want to get into this, dredging up past failures? Do you even realize what GB was like in the 20 years before Favre? One could compile quite a list of failures from that much futility. Keep it up, moron.

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