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Packers will release Brady Poppinga, Justin Harrell

Detroit Lions Felton is stopped by Green Bay Packers Poppinga after a two yard gain in the first quarter of a NFL football game at Lambeau Field Green Bay Reuters

We already knew Nick Barnett would be leaving the Packers once teams can officially start releasing people and now we know he won’t be alone.

Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reported that the team will also release defensive lineman Justin Harrell and linebacker Brady Poppinga on Thursday.

Poppinga’s agent said Wednesday that he had no indication from the team that his client would be cut. Poppinga had a cap number of $2.5 million this season as part of a long-term deal he signed before the 2008 season. He was a starter back then, but lost his job in the first unit and then missed all but six games of last season after his second major ACL injury.

Harrell was due to make $1.225 million, although they have to eat $530,000 in cap space because of an earlier option bonus. He was likely an easy choice for the axe after another injury-shortened season. Harrell played just one game in 2010 before heading to injured reserve with a knee injury and has only played 14 games for the team since he was a first-round pick in 2007.

Wilde later tweeted that at least two more Packers would be released before the day is out, so stay tuned.

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28 Responses to “Packers will release Brady Poppinga, Justin Harrell”
  1. trbowman says: Jul 28, 2011 2:44 PM

    Just heard Justin Harrell broke his leg leaving the building.

  2. frankgarrett says: Jul 28, 2011 2:48 PM

    See you in MN

  3. shaggytoodle says: Jul 28, 2011 2:52 PM

    Other two packers derick martin and Donald Lee.

  4. mrclearview says: Jul 28, 2011 2:52 PM

    Tomorrows headlines will read….

    Poppinga and Harrell signed by the Vikings

  5. 13xworldchamps says: Jul 28, 2011 2:54 PM

    Everyone, let’s be respectful, I’m sure no one feels worse than Harrell, all the potential in the world, but couldn’t stay healthy…..it happens

  6. medtxpack says: Jul 28, 2011 2:55 PM

    Poppinga will be a good pickup for someone else. Vikings must be licking their chops!

  7. buckybadger says: Jul 28, 2011 2:56 PM

    Harrell was the one glaring mistake by Thomspon. Guy was given every opportunity but could never stay healthy. No one bats a 1.000. Sorry to see Poppinga go but he isn’t needed anymore.

  8. Chuck Wood says: Jul 28, 2011 2:58 PM

    Donald Lee was cut a looooooooong time ago.

  9. possiblecabbage says: Jul 28, 2011 2:59 PM

    It’s hard to feel too bad for these guys, I mean… they’ve got rings.

  10. tgifinley88 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:59 PM

    if tauscher decides against retirement I wonder if he will be one of the names.

  11. maddog111 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:03 PM

    13xworldchamps says:
    Jul 28, 2011 2:54 PM
    Everyone, let’s be respectful, I’m sure no one feels worse than Harrell, all the potential in the world, but couldn’t stay healthy…..it happens
    ———————————————-
    Be respectful? You do realize what site you’re on don’t you?

  12. hunst009 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:03 PM

    About time we get rid of Harrell! He might have a lot of talent but he just can’t stay healthy!!

  13. duece5 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    mrclearview says:
    Jul 28, 2011 2:52 PM
    Tomorrows headlines will read….

    Poppinga and Harrell signed by the Vikings

    duece5 says:

    Hey….can’t help it that players would rather play for the Vikes……who would want to live in that armpit in gbay?? Oh, wait, NONE of gbay players do!! MY BAD!!!!!

  14. mkepackfan says: Jul 28, 2011 3:14 PM

    @ shaggytoodle Donald Lee was cut weeks ago…like just a few weeks after the SB, so it can’t be him.

    Martin perhaps & Tauscher likely.

  15. greenbay4ever says: Jul 28, 2011 3:16 PM

    Brady played well for the Pack when asked to. Harrell had rough time of it. If he could of stayed healthy I am sure he would of kicked butt.

    Wish you guys luck, unless you stay in the division.

  16. 28purple4mvp says: Jul 28, 2011 3:24 PM

    Hey did u know the packers won the superbowl? Just making sure everybody knows.

  17. Matt-NC says: Jul 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    I feel bad for Harrel. Decent guy. Just injury prone.

  18. axespray says: Jul 28, 2011 3:30 PM

    mrclearview says:Jul 28, 2011 2:52 PM
    Tomorrows headlines will read….
    Poppinga and Harrell signed by the Vikings

    ^ next year: Poppinga and Harrell signed by the Seahawks

  19. buckybadger says: Jul 28, 2011 3:31 PM

    duece5, you can keep taking all the players that can’t make the Packers. Fine with me.

  20. rodgerthat says: Jul 28, 2011 3:32 PM

    @duece5
    You are the perfect argument for why there should be an age limit on this blog. No one under 9 should be allowed to drop a double duece5 in their own sandtrap…

  21. rodgerthat says: Jul 28, 2011 3:37 PM

    Not sure of when the money would have kicked in as far as paychecks are concerned but I would of thought that since Harrell already is nipping almost 600k from the Cap and his total comp for 2011 was 1.2mill Ted would have given him one last try to recoup the losses. He may still be hurt though, not quite sure with him….

  22. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 28, 2011 3:41 PM

    According to his now former teammates, Harrell was a man among boys when healthy. Just could never stay healthy at all when the games mattered. Too bad. I was really pulling for the kid, because he seems like a class act.

  23. sah0620 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:02 PM

    I’m thinking Tauscher is already a free agent, wasn’t he signed to a 1 year contract last year? I’m guessing one of the other cuts will be Brandon Underwood due to his legal troubles and overall JAG-ness. If Johnny Jolly is still considered a Packer, he might certainly be the other guy.

  24. Wisconsin77 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:04 PM

    “I was really pulling for the kid, because he seems like a class act.”

    Class acts don’t show up to mini-camp out of shape and on the first day pull their back causing them to miss the season.

  25. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jul 28, 2011 4:39 PM

    duece5 says:Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    mrclearview says:
    Jul 28, 2011 2:52 PM
    Tomorrows headlines will read….

    Poppinga and Harrell signed by the Vikings

    duece5 says:

    Hey….can’t help it that players would rather play for the Vikes……who would want to live in that armpit in gbay?? Oh, wait, NONE of gbay players do!! MY BAD!!!!!

    **********************************************

    Should be DUNCE5….And the difference between the Twin Cities and Green Bay is minimal, other than populus…but here’s a tid bit.

    What TCs have that GB doesn’t:

    1) A baseball team
    2) A hockey team (every decade or so)
    3) A basketball team (see end of #2)
    4) More snow…
    5) More gay bars.
    6) Almost as many fans from opposing teams.
    7) A shrine to that Prince dude or whatever he calls himself now.
    8) An empty trophy case.
    9) A really big mall.
    10) A football stadium with a roof on it….oh,
    scratch that last one.
    We’ve been over this…get 15 miles outside of St. Paul or Minneapolis and you’re in the east Dakotas or Canada.

    The Twin Cities are a great town and I’ve had tons of fun there, but remember…you’re on a Pro Football website where people discuss pro football and it’s past history. Something you people try to forget, like a bad taste in your mouth. Try revamping the team’s uniform, it seemed to do wonders last year. And again, way to troll the Packer news…troll….you dark pink troll.

  26. juhsepi says: Jul 28, 2011 6:55 PM

    Wow! 14 games since 2007?

    Has it really been that much? Good riddance!

  27. paulharghis says: Jul 28, 2011 7:54 PM

    Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in the Twin cities metro area:

    UnitedHealth Group 21
    2 Target
    3 Best Buy 45
    4 Supervalu 47
    5 CHS 91
    6 3M 106
    7 U.S. Bancorp 121
    8 General Mills 155
    9 Medtronic 160
    10 Land O’Lakes 226
    11 Mosaic 231
    12 Xcel Energy 244
    13 Ameriprise Financial 288
    14 C.H. Robinson Worldwide 301
    15 Hormel Foods 340
    16 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 342
    17 Ecolab 365
    18 Nash-Finch 400
    19 St. Jude Medical 445
    20 Alliant Techsystems 454
    21 PepsiAmericas 464

    Number located in Green Bay- none

    Miles outside of Minneapolis is what?

    Oh yeah, One of the top 10 Hospitals in the USA.
    Mayo Clinic.

    Once primarily a producer of raw materials, Minnesota’s economy has transformed in the last 200 years to emphasize finished products and services. Perhaps the most significant characteristic of the economy is its diversity; the relative outputs of its business sectors closely match the United States as a whole. The economy of Minnesota had a gross domestic product of $262 billion in 2008. Thirty-three of the United States’ top 1,000 publicly traded companies (by revenue in 2008) are headquartered in Minnesota, including Target, UnitedHealth Group, 3M, Medtronic, General Mills, U.S. Bancorp, Ameriprise, Hormel, Land O’ Lakes, SuperValu, Best Buy and Valspar. Private companies based in Minnesota include Cargill, the largest privately owned company in the United States, and Carlson Companies, the parent company of Radisson Hotels.

    So, whatever there Sparky.

    Youre an idiot.

  28. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 28, 2011 11:35 PM

    Let’s review.

    Fortune 1000 companies: MN 33, WI 25.

    Professional football championships: WI 13, MN 0

    Nobody in Minnesota should ever brag about anything. You are a nationwide joke. Google: Minnesota sucks once. Then Google Wisconsin sucks. Accept reality.

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