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Mike McCarthy: I view DuJuan Harris as our starting running back

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Outside of the hamstring injury that kept him out of practice earlier this week, there’s been nothing but positive news about rookie running back Eddie Lacy coming out of Packers camp this summer.

That would seem to make him the likeliest candidate to grab the starting job this season and coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he considers one of the team’s running backs to be the team’s starter. It’s not Lacy, though.

It’s DuJuan Harris, who has yet to practice in camp this summer after landing on the PUP list to start camp because of a knee injury. Harris also had a cyst removed from his lungs this offseason, which kept him out of offseason work. His absence has left McCarthy eager to see what Harris can do.

“I’m excited to see when DuJuan Harris comes back, because I view him as our starter,” McCarthy said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”

This may just be a case of a starter — Harris started both playoff games — not losing his job because of injury or one of McCarthy making sure that Lacy doesn’t let all the rave reviews go to his head, but we can’t know that until we see how he’s integrated into the offense once he’s healthy. That’s expected to be sometime in the next two weeks, a period that Lacy could use to make it even harder to go back to Harris.

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50 Responses to “Mike McCarthy: I view DuJuan Harris as our starting running back”
  1. 7ransponder says: Aug 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    So much for that fan-proclaimed ROY crowning.

  2. contra74 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    Someone who is on their PUP list is their starter? Its a sad state of affairs up in Green Bay.

  3. bigks77 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:46 PM

    No “Brain washing” going on here…? Jennings said it best!!! Skol

  4. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    Because the Pack is known for their strong running game…

  5. josephvu206 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    Good, make him earn the starting job

  6. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Aug 8, 2013 2:55 PM

    the first 3 comments are from vikings fans? go read another article about how much ponder sucks, you trolls.

  7. rpiotr01 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    Translation: Uh uh uh, Eddie. Don’t pick up the fork just yet.

  8. packer66 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    remember bigs777 when they cross the border they lose what little mind they had. All teams think they are the best.

  9. fdugrad says: Aug 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    What? Coach Mc doesn’t support chubsie-uhbsie?! Better push away from the table Eddie.

  10. jcampshure says: Aug 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    And out come the trolls. Sad state of affairs? Brainwashing? Please remember that it’s August. Also, your quarterback is Christian Ponder. REIGNING NFC NORTH CHAMPS

  11. pillowporkers says: Aug 8, 2013 3:01 PM

    Typical Packers brainwashing ploy. First they try to convince Bulaga he can play with a torn ACL, and now they tell everyone on the team they are starting. Even during the games, when the reserves and players on the PUP don’t even touch the field, they still think they are starting. Even the fans think everyone is starting. Injuries don’t matter, because behind them, there’s just another starter quality player. That’s what the Packer fans, media, and team will say.

  12. mack2x says: Aug 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    And Bulaga is still the starting LT.

  13. 7ransponder says: Aug 8, 2013 3:07 PM

    scrapingthefloorioforstorios says:
    Aug 8, 2013 2:55 PM
    the first 3 comments are from vikings fans? go read another article about how much ponder sucks, you trolls.

    ————————

    I would, but you’re already doing that for us, where the first 3 to 4 comments on Vikings stories is… *gasp* Packer fans.

  14. thepvyharvin says: Aug 8, 2013 3:08 PM

    Thanks to my tin foil hat I didn’t become brainwashed by the Packer fans. You know, that Roly Poly Lacy was > AD…..McCupcake let the truth be known!

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    We’ll see how good he is running behind this weak OL. Just not many offensive weapons on this team and nobody to block. The most dangerous weapon appears to be Finley and his fists, but you don’t score points by throwing jabs or hooks on the field.

  16. arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?

  17. twilson962 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:29 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
    ————————————————

    #1 in what? when?

  18. deltaoracle says: Aug 8, 2013 3:31 PM

    7ransponder – you mean that Mini fans aren’t going to be telling us anymore that Sharif, Xavier, and Cordarrelle are going to be tri-ROYs and instant HoFers?
    Contra – Harris has been best described as “A rolling ball of butcher knives.” If he happens to be the guy who starts out the first series, it’s fine with me. He knows how life is outside of the NFL and is going to do all he can to keep his spot.
    Packer opponents aren’t going to be able to sit back in Cover 2 and Cover 3 as much this year imo. Going to be very interesting.

  19. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 8, 2013 3:31 PM

    LOL! The starting RB is on the PUP? How fat is Lacy?

  20. purplengold says: Aug 8, 2013 3:34 PM

    No O-line, no RB. D-lines will pin their ears back and charge. When Rodgers gets nailed that will be it for Green Bay.

  21. mp4pack says: Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM

    arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
    _________________________________
    13 World Titles, and 4 Lombardi trophies including one in the past 5 years. We win.

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 8, 2013 3:49 PM

    Hey, has anyone heard anything about what’s going on in the Packers’ training camp? How can I get some Packer information?

  23. soonertf says: Aug 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    The only positive buzz generating from Lacy is from the owners of the local buffet restaurants

  24. aldante66 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:51 PM

    Dujan Harris may not even make the team. He is on the PUP list with a bad knee, who knows if he needs surgery. Mac is always playin that game ‘so and so will only miss a week’ and the guy is out six.

    Time Mac evaluate the players who are healthy and learn is any of them are better than the ones who aren’t and start getting rid of some people.

    Starks can trip over the chalk markers and get injured for 8 weeks. Green is always crying he ain’t 100%. The only thing 100% is his bitching about not being 100%.

    Kuhn is a big oaf who ins’t needed.

  25. PowerMad says: Aug 8, 2013 3:52 PM

    Wow. It’s a been a “Days of Our Lives” pre-season for the Packers. There’s only one word that can now honestly be applied to the green and gold’s season.

    Bust.

    Packers=Last

  26. contra74 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:54 PM

    mp4pack says:
    Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM
    arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
    _________________________________
    13 World Titles, and 4 Lombardi trophies including one in the past 5 years. We win.
    —-
    Interesting how somehow you feel much better about yourself based on the accomplishments of your great grandfathers team. Its quite sad.

  27. greenpackage says: Aug 8, 2013 3:59 PM

    If you ask me, this is a motivating tactic on McCarthy’s part.

    The Packers wouldn’t have drafted Lacy AND Franklin if he thought DuJuan was the clear-cut starter.

  28. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:01 PM

    “I’m excited to see when DuJuan Harris comes back, because I view him as our starter,” McCarthy said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”
    ______________________________________________

    Nice job, Coach. This will no doubt keep the rest of the running backs hungry and motivated… ;-)

  29. arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 4:01 PM

    mp4pack says: Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM

    arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
    _________________________________
    13 World Titles, and 4 Lombardi trophies including one in the past 5 years. We win.

    ———————————

    Odd… I didn’t know they gave out 13 different world titles in an offseason? Man, I must have missed something.

  30. chi01town says: Aug 8, 2013 4:04 PM

    McCarthy dont have a clue of what a RB does. and if someone told him he STILL wouldnt know that a RB cant run without a O-LINE that can open a hole. Pass the ball McCarthy like you been doing for 6 years oops!! I forgot you dont a WR worth talking about

  31. nathankaffine says: Aug 8, 2013 4:25 PM

    Please, another offseason of non-Packers fans getting overjoyed and counting the Packers out after some injuries. Haven’t they learned from the past that it hasn’t mattered as long as the injured player isn’t Aaron Rodgers. Give it up and go read a Vikings blog about AP wearing a camera on his helmet or something.

  32. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:25 PM

    Wow, Packers have a terrible backfield to go with an awful oline. Long year ahead for Green Bay faithful….

    Keeping Rodgers healthy will be difficult.

  33. champs794 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:28 PM

    Getting the Packers starting RB job is like being on the cover of Madden, playing drums for Spinal Tap, coaching the Cardinals/Bucs, or wearing the “red shirt” in a Star Trek landing party.

    Good luck, DuJuan!

  34. GenXJay says: Aug 8, 2013 4:34 PM

    this is an example of gb’s inability to comprehend a running system. draft two backs, yet side w/the banged up vet that has yet to prove his worth right before the season.

  35. hatesycophants says: Aug 8, 2013 4:35 PM

    Just come right and admit you’re in a rebuilding year. No shame.

  36. themike31 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:41 PM

    Funny to hear so many people who randomly shout “Skol!” and respond to a fake horn like Pavlov’s dogs accuse others of being brainwashed.

  37. themike31 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    Not to mention the same people argued that their KICKER should be ROY over Luck, Griffin, and Wilson.

  38. nathankaffine says: Aug 8, 2013 4:47 PM

    hatesycophants says: Aug 8, 2013 4:35 PM

    Just come right and admit you’re in a rebuilding year. No shame.

    “Well we’ve made the playoffs 4 years in a row now with a Super Bowl in there too. But after losing our old main WR who barely played last year and losing our LT who started at RT last year and had a subpar year on top of giving our 2 best players gigantic contracts, we are going to have a rebuilding year.”

    You’re an idiot, Sir.

  39. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 8, 2013 4:51 PM

    52lightsxout52 says:Aug 8, 2013 4:01 PM

    Nice job, Coach. This will no doubt keep the rest of the running backs hungry and motivated…
    ____

    Lacy is always hungry.

  40. thejuddstir says: Aug 8, 2013 4:57 PM

    “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”…………………..anyone who read this quote is all the dumber for having done so, including myself. GB had about the worst rushing game in the entire NFL last year…..the year before, the year before that, etc. etc. The definition of stupid is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I have always thought McCarthy to be a pretty smart coach but this might be the dumbest thing to ever come out of his mouth.

  41. mp4pack says: Aug 8, 2013 5:38 PM

    Every rookie gets this treatment in Green Bay. They don’t want any rookie to come in feeling entitled to anything, and I’m sure MM didn’t want Lacy to start getting a big head after he drew rave reviews at the scrimmage. Lacy will be the starter, but it won’t be announced until the last preseason game at the earliest.

  42. aa1829 says: Aug 8, 2013 6:17 PM

    We are now incredibly deep in running backs and corner backs, the exact opposite of last year. Be afraid NFL, be very afraid. Go Packers Go!!!

  43. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 8, 2013 6:59 PM

    There sure is a lot of positive buzz around the Packers again this year. Superbowls are the expectation every year. And everybody is gunning for the big dog.

  44. gtodriver says: Aug 8, 2013 8:25 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    There sure is a lot of positive buzz around the Packers again this year. Superbowls are the expectation every year. And everybody is gunning for the big dog.
    ___________________________

    Actually, the buzz is mostly negative. It’s just that you’ve been brainwashed and can’t comprehend the truth of the matter.

    As to the Superbowl expectation every year – well – that’s another myth that has been brainwashed into your head.

    To make it to the Super Bowl you need to make the playoffs. When you make it to the playoffs you need to score TD’s to win the games in order to advance.

    Your team is the only team in NFL history (since the playoff system began) to go 25 full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in a playoff game. 19 of those 25 seasons – the Packers didn’t even have a winning record.

  45. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 8:40 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Aug 8, 2013 8:25 PM
    Your team is the only team in NFL history (since the playoff system began) to go 25 full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in a playoff game. 19 of those 25 seasons – the Packers didn’t even have a winning record.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    so?

  46. gtodriver says: Aug 8, 2013 9:18 PM

    stellarperformance says:

    so?
    ______________

    It’s self explanatory.

    If you can’t comprehend what I wrote – it just proves how Packer fans have been brainwashed to just disregard the facts.

  47. trevor123698 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:49 PM

    To the guy who said they have no weapons. You are a fool to call randall cobb and aaron rodgers anything but weapons

  48. themike31 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:21 PM

    Does anyone know who the only team in NFL history to lose four of the first 11 Super Bowls by double digit margins and then never get back to one is?

    I can make up damning stats too.

  49. packer56 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:19 PM

    Viking fans are pathetic! They spend more time reading about the Packers than there own team! Excuse after excuse!

  50. stellarperformance says: Aug 11, 2013 2:39 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Aug 8, 2013 9:18 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    so?
    ______________

    It’s self explanatory. If you can’t comprehend what I wrote – it just proves how Packer fans have been brainwashed to just disregard the facts.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    I don’t need it explained and I comprehend your contention just fine. My question remains; “So what?.”

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