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.