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DuJuan Harris comes off PUP list

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said recently that he still considers DuJuan Harris his starting running back even though the team thought so much of Harris’ work last season that they drafted two running backs in the first four rounds of the draft.

Those two draftees — Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin — and the other backs on the Packers roster haven’t had a chance to go head-to-head with Harris this summer because Harris started camp on the PUP list because of a knee injury. But that will change now that Harris, who also had surgery this offseason to remove a cyst from his lungs, has been activated from the PUP list.

During his press conference on Monday, McCarthy reiterated his belief that Harris was the team’s starter based on the way he finished last season while adding that such a classification doesn’t mean he’ll be playing every down. It also doesn’t mean that he is going to be the team’s starter once this season gets underway. Lacy and Franklin weren’t selected to sit and watch the same guys who ran the ball last season, no matter how well they may have ended the year.

Harris will have to hold onto his job for reasons outside of past performances and that may prove to be a tall task given the upgrade in competition in Green Bay.

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56 Responses to “DuJuan Harris comes off PUP list”
  1. mn1288 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:27 PM

    Looking forward to seeing if they can get this run game together this year….It is excellent that this guy could potentially be the second or third guy off the bench.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 12, 2013 3:32 PM

    Our stable of RBs is going to be awesome. Pick your poison, stack the line to defend the run, Aaron picks you apart from the air. Drop back into a dime, Aaron hands off to one our studs. Can. Not. Wait.

  3. shlort says: Aug 12, 2013 3:46 PM

    Cue the Vikings fans and their nonsensical drivel about how GB is going to go 0-16 this season.

  4. hodag54501 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    1)Packers have to score 30 points to win because the defense is so bad.
    2)Offensive line is in deep flux with a rookie starting at left tackle, and not set starter at right tackle. Add a new center to the mix.
    3)Harris, Starks, Green all injury prone.
    4)J. Nelson is out until week 3 of the season, Jennings and Driver are gone.
    5) Aaron Rodgers injured…the backups are atrocious.
    —-
    On Packer Forum I said Green Bay was going 6-10 this year. I stand by that.

  5. hodag54501 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    “If” Aaron Rodgers is injured…he’s healthy, but the Packers are one play away from disaster.

  6. deltaoracle says: Aug 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    Harris, Franklin, Lacy and either Starks or Green (or Pease, who knows) will combine to provide a nice option for almost any situation. Would’ve been nice to have seen Lacy down on the one foot line, for example. Anyway, defenses aren’t going to be able to “Pin their ears back” so much this season.

  7. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    When was it announced Jordy Nelson is out til week 3?

  8. heyguru1969 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    Did he drive that little bike out of a car that also held 40 circus clowns? Funny picture.

  9. glennsyank13 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    hodag54501 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    “If” Aaron Rodgers is injured…he’s healthy, but the Packers are one play away from disaster.

    ——————–

    Almost any team would have a disaster of a season if their best player got hurt.

  10. clowntown1 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    most teams are one play from disaster. such an overused and overly stupid comment….”if the Packers lose Rodgers….” duh.

    If the Patriots lose Brady….
    If the Broncos lose Manning….
    If the Giants lose Manning….
    If the Colts lose Luck…
    on and on and on

    if the worst thing you can say about a team is that they will suck IF their starting QB gets hurt… duh. same with almost every team that has a great QB. Lame.

  11. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    This Viking fan predicts the Pack will win plenty this year; however, Harris really should have made a kicker ride that bike.

  12. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    hodag-

    1. They had the 11th ranked defense last year. Perry, Jones and improvement (you know, coaching and experience?) should help that out.
    2. O-line is a work in progress, yes.
    3. Harris, Starks and Green? 2 of them will be cut. I think you mean Lacy, Franklin and one of the three.
    4. Nelson is expected to be ready for the season opener…nowhere is he expected to miss three weeks of the regular season.
    5. I would have won 3 Super Bowls if Joe Montana wasn’t born.

  13. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    When’s the last time a team with a QB in the Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers mold went 6-10. Unless #12 misses numerous games that’s just not gonna happen. The Packers still have a long ways to go to match last season’s number of injuries. People forget all the games misssed by Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Starks, Quarless, Bulaga, Bishop, Shields, Raji, Wilson, Perry, etc last season. And TJ Lang was playing with 1 arm. And yet they still went 11-5 and easily could’ve been 13-3. The Seahawks game obviously and the last second loss to the Colts because of a Crosby missed kick.

  14. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Oh and yes Aaron went 6-10 but he was a 1st year starter since than no lower than 10-5 (1 loss than season was Matt Flynn) as a starter.

  15. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    Kiss the rings.

    :* ♦ ♥ ♣ ♠ ◘ ◙ :*

    All six of them.

    Now bow to your superiors.

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    shlort says:Aug 12, 2013 3:46 PM

    Cue the Vikings fans and their nonsensical drivel about how GB is going to go 0-16 this season.
    ________

    I’ve never seen that and I’m here frequently, but I do have a comment I’m saving from tokyo that predicted Packers 19-0 and Vikings 0-16.

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    clowntown1 says:Aug 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    most teams are one play from disaster. such an overused and overly stupid comment….”if the Packers lose Rodgers….” duh.

    If the Patriots lose Brady….
    If the Broncos lose Manning….
    If the Giants lose Manning….
    If the Colts lose Luck…
    on and on and on

    if the worst thing you can say about a team is that they will suck IF their starting QB gets hurt… duh. same with almost every team that has a great QB. Lame.
    ______

    Some teams that have a great QB still feel the need to make the rest of their roster as strong as possible. Maybe you remember the Patriots going 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB? Ted Thompson seems to have the attitude that he lucked into a great QB in one draft, so hey, let’s knock off early for the rest of his career.

  18. axespray says: Aug 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Aug 12, 2013 3:59 PM
    ” however, Harris really should have made a kicker ride that bike.”
    —————————–
    Mason would’ve veered so far off course – he’d be in god knows where by now.

  19. tombradyswig says: Aug 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    FYI – riding kids bikes is bad for your knees!

  20. sandblastermoron says: Aug 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    Being the starting running back for the packers is like being the cool guy at the star track convention….. nothing to brag about.

  21. deltaoracle says: Aug 12, 2013 4:45 PM

    I’m pretty old – I can remember when the Steelers were very good.
    Packers have added a new center to the mix? I guess Hodag means the backup Lane, who was decent vs. AZ in relief of Deitrich-Smith, the starter for the end of last season.
    I’m hoping Bakhtiari and Barclay will be the OTs with Newhouse the backup on both sides.
    Magician follows his trend. Will luck into a reasonable comment and then decide to knock off early.
    My favorite prediction for the season remains that of the savant who said GB will go 6 – 11.

  22. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    “Some teams that have a great QB still feel the need to make the rest of their roster as strong as possible. Maybe you remember the Patriots going 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB? Ted Thompson seems to have the attitude that he lucked into a great QB in one draft, so hey, let’s knock off early for the rest of his career.”
    ————————-

    Didn’t he draft BJ Raji and Clay Matthews in the same first round? They won a Super Bowl the next year.

    See Rick, that’s what happens when a real team drafts real Pro Bowlers and wins a real Super Bowl. Get back to me when Floyd, Rhodes and Corduroy Williamson play a real NFL snap.

  23. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    Some teams that have a great QB still feel the need to make the rest of their roster as strong as possible. Maybe you remember the Patriots going 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB? Ted Thompson seems to have the attitude that he lucked into a great QB in one draft, so hey, let’s knock off early for the rest of his career.
    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Guess it is the same way the Vikings lucked into a great RB in one draft-they seem to have knocked off early when it comes to drafting a serviceable QB to make the rest of their roster as strong as possible. Ponder?????????? Rent-a-quarterbacks don`t seem to be working, do they?

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    @ruvell -

    Still living off drafting fat tub of goo and a one-dimensional linebacker? What has The Great Ted Thompson done for you lately? Just curious, how many Pro Bowlers have the Packers drafted since they drafted Rodgers? Must not be too many if they would have the worst team in the league if Rodgers got hurt.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Aug 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    I’ll start listening to the Viking fans when the Vikings stop losing to the Packers twice a year, like they’ve done for the last 3 years.

  26. rdav29 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    Usually you see 4 foot guys with orange faces and giant white shoes ride that kind of bike

  27. gtodriver says: Aug 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    jhein23 says:

    Oh and yes Aaron went 6-10 but he was a 1st year starter.
    _______________

    Amazing how quick you came back (2 minutes from the first post to the second post) to attempt to correct your error.

    Aaron was a 1st year starter, but a 4th year QB. He took over a team that had gone 13 – 3 the previous season with an old man at the QB position.

    FWIW – in the entire history of the GB Packers – no QB has led their team to a worse reversal (7 wins less) than the year before.

  28. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    I agree how can the Vikings GM be so great when he used a top 10 pick on Ponder? Top 10 pick smh

  29. gtodriver says: Aug 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    jhein23 says:

    When’s the last time a team with a QB in the Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers mold went 6-10.
    ____________________

    As already noted – 2008 for AR.

    2001 for the Manning led Colts.

    As already noted – Cassel came in for Brady and led the Patriots to an 11 – 5 season in 2008.

    Since coming to NO in 2006, Brees hasn’t had a 6 – 10 season. But he has had a pair of 7 – 9 (2012 and 2007) seasons and an 8 – 8 season (2008).

    Even Brett Favre (historically a better QB than AR) in 2004 (5 years before he retired) had a sub 6 – 10 season.

  30. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    jhein23 says:Aug 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    I agree how can the Vikings GM be so great when he used a top 10 pick on Ponder? Top 10 pick smh
    ____

    He didn’t.

  31. contra74 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:25 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 12, 2013 3:32 PM
    Our stable of RBs is going to be awesome. Pick your poison, stack the line to defend the run, Aaron picks you apart from the air. Drop back into a dime, Aaron hands off to one our studs. Can. Not. Wait.
    ———–
    You forgot to frame out how the o-line is going to factor into this.

  32. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    @Rick

    A. I never said they would be the worst team in the league without Rodgers.

    B. The Pro Bowl is a joke. Jeff Saturday made the Pro Bowl last year and he was benched.

    C. Quality players. Nick Collins, Morgan Burnett, Sam Shields (UFA), Josh Sitton, TJ Lang, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Bulaga, James Jones, Randall Cobb, why list the rest? They have gone 11-5, 10-6, 15-1 and 11-5 with TT’s roster in the last four years with a Super Bowl win and 2 division titles. Plus a 13-3 year with Favre.

    The Vikings have won one playoff game since Thompson became the GM of the Packers. One.

  33. stevent92 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    With that O-Line, we will be back on PUP within the week.

  34. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    gtodriver I guess your posts mean we will have several 6-10 seasons with Aaron Rodgers at the helm in his prime.

    Brett Favre historically is better than every QB if we’re couting yds and tds. I’ll take Aaron Rodgers in a big game any day over Favre though. No player in NFL history choked the way Favre did in 2 championship games. I should know I was at the first 1 where the tossed a pick right to Corey Webster at the GB 30 basically handing the Giants the game in OT.

  35. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    How did I ATTEMPT to correct my error, didn’t I correct it by posting 6-10 1st year as a starter? Puff your chest out GTO driver you really put me in my place.

  36. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:46 PM

    My mistake Rick. I still don’t believe Rick Spielman is light years ahead of Ted Thompson as a GM, not at all.

  37. donth8thehorns says: Aug 12, 2013 5:48 PM

    Rodgers is the best QB in the game now! He is frickin unreal! If he got hurt their season is over???? Well, duh!! U can say that about any team with a franchise QB, with exception to 1-2 teams with a killer D! Maybe Houston & San Fran…
    The Vikings are my team, but I have a bone to pick with our GM! Since he has taken over he has done an amazing job with exception to the most glaring need!
    We have 0 QBs on our roster! Ponder sucks, Cassel equally bad! If Speilman was good, he would not have missed out on Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Nassib. We should have had a next man up! That is a failure in IMO!
    If we have a franchise QB , we are easily in SuperBowl talks! But maybe we go 9-7 or 10-6 and have to package up done picks to move up next year! AD is not getting younger!

  38. binkystevens says: Aug 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    @rick Spielman. You asked about pro bowlers since drafting Rodgers. Off the top of my head: nick Collins, josh sitton, scott wells, Greg Jennings, Raji, Matthews. He also brought in tramon Williams and I guess John Kuhn off the street and they’ve both made the pro bowl. Is that a bad job?

  39. lnfinite says: Aug 12, 2013 5:57 PM

    Funny how so many packer fans disintergrate a story about Harris. Talented back who is now off the PUP list turns into a Rodgers story. Boy oh boy, kids have a hard time staying on topic. Good luck this season Harris.

  40. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    Teams don’t get to be hapless and tasteless overnight. Take the Vikings and Bears for instance. They each became hapless and tasteless by losing twice per season to the Packers. And they’ve done it for 3 years in a row now.

    The improvement in our running game will only serve to maintain the inferior status of the division weakling Viking and Bears for the foreseeable future.

  41. hitemhard215 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:10 PM

    Love the Packers to death but any true packers fan would know that it doesnt matter who is in the back field if the o-line cant open up holes it wont work….

    The oline is built with guys who pass block better than they run block but even they cant pass block good…

  42. gtodriver says: Aug 12, 2013 6:21 PM

    jhein23 says:

    How did I ATTEMPT to correct my error, didn’t I correct it by posting 6-10 1st year as a starter?
    _________________________j

    You attempted to deflect your erroneous earlier statement (just like you are doing now) by saying he was a “1st year starter” (which he was), but neglected to state how it was his 4th year in the NFL and he took over a 13 – 3 team and led them to the worst single season reversal in Packer history.

    You had higher expectations than a 6 – 10 season back in 2008. If you say you didn’t you’re lying to all of us reading this board.

    Peyton Manning had a terrible first season as a starter – but it was his first year in the NFL and he took over a 3 – 13 team. That would be an example of a reasonable excuse vs. what you AR did in his 4th year.

    His second year in the NFL – he led his team to a 13 – 3 record.

  43. gtodriver says: Aug 12, 2013 6:26 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    Teams don’t get to be hapless and tasteless overnight.
    _____________________

    No they don’t.

    The Packers operated that way for the better part of 3 decades – going 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season – 19 of those seasons without a winning record.

    If you look in the dictionary under either “hapless” or “tasteless” – you find a photo of the GP packers logo….

    FWIW – The Vikings have just as many division championships in the last 5 seasons as the Packers.

  44. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:32 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Aug 12, 2013 5:31 PM
    @Rick

    The Vikings have won one playoff game since Thompson became the GM of the Packers. One.

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

    Thanks Ted!

  45. bigdadyiz1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:33 PM

    I have bigger worries about this year and it has nothing to do with the viking or bears…….its the Lions! Welcome back Harris will be nice to see you as a starter with a litlle more air in your lungs. lol

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:34 PM

    Does anyone know how many Superbowls the Vikings have won?

  47. bigdadyiz1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:44 PM

    Well they been too 4 Super Bowls and lost all 4 SO!!!!!
    You do the math!

  48. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:33 PM

    Think whatever you’d like GTODriver I couldn’t care less, puff your chest out buddy, put your head up high lol.

  49. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:38 PM

    They went from 13-3 to 6-10 I frankly couldn’t care less. He won a SB that’s all that matters to me. Favre won 1, Rodgers won 1. Favre had the #1 offense in 96, #1 defense in 96 and #1 special teams in 96. Rodgers had about 18 guys on IR when he won. And he made me a very happy guy because it shut up obnoxious Vikings fans for 3-4 months. It was absolutely amazing how many went into hiding that February & March. Some I never saw on PFT ever again, they probably just changed their name on here out of pure embarrasssement, wonderful.

  50. greenandgold1972 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:51 PM

    gtodriver says:
    FWIW – The Vikings have just as many division championships in the last 5 seasons as the Packers.
    ____________________

    Really? You really bring this up? How many NFC championships did the Vikings have in the last 5 years? How many SB in the last 5 years? Or ever?

  51. GenXJay says: Aug 12, 2013 8:04 PM

    Word to the wise, DuJuan. Don’t run left.

  52. gtodriver says: Aug 12, 2013 8:26 PM

    jhein23 says:

    “Think whatever you’d like GTODriver I couldn’t care less, puff your chest out buddy, put your head up high lol.”

    5 minutes later:

    “They went from 13-3 to 6-10 I frankly couldn’t care less.”

    It bothers you that much that you had to say you couldn’t care less again…. ROFLMAO!!!

  53. jhein23 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:35 PM

    Yep you betcha :)

  54. wafflestomp says: Aug 12, 2013 8:43 PM

    LMFAO!
    The Viking fans have the worst case of little brother syndrome I have ever seen.

    Keep your chins up, you will get there someday.

  55. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 13, 2013 10:07 AM

    ruvelligwebuike says:Aug 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    @Rick

    A. I never said they would be the worst team in the league without Rodgers.

    B. The Pro Bowl is a joke. Jeff Saturday made the Pro Bowl last year and he was benched.

    C. Quality players. Nick Collins, Morgan Burnett, Sam Shields (UFA), Josh Sitton, TJ Lang, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Bulaga, James Jones, Randall Cobb, why list the rest? They have gone 11-5, 10-6, 15-1 and 11-5 with TT’s roster in the last four years with a Super Bowl win and 2 division titles. Plus a 13-3 year with Favre.

    The Vikings have won one playoff game since Thompson became the GM of the Packers. One.
    _____

    Typical. You brag about how many Pro Bowlers TT has drafted, then when you’re challenged you say Pro Bowls don’t matter. And then you include Bulaga in a list of “quality players”?

    My point stands. The Packers are a quarterback and not much else. Congratulations on your winning records and Super Bowls. Just don’t tell me it’s because Ted Thompson is a genius.

  56. jlevija says: Aug 14, 2013 3:17 PM

    He will be good this year, The packers need to learn how to use a running back,

    just because they have him and drafted 2 other running backs that are supposed to be good doesnt mean the team just be that much better,

    Their coach needs to learn how to use a RB, when watching their last playoff game he did great during the 1st half then they never used a RB in the second half

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