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McCarthy: DuJuan Harris was “big part” of Packers’ plans

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy insisted DuJuan Harris was the team’s starting running back even as he remained on the physically unable to perform list.

However, those plans had to be altered when Harris re-injured his knee last Friday against the Seattle Seahawks and had to be placed on injured reserve.

McCarthy spoke Wednesday to just how much of a blow the loss of Harris will be for the Packers.

Every offseason, you go through evaluations of your offense, you do offseason studies, you project how you envision your offense looking and then you kind of confirm things after the draft,” McCarthy said, via Jason Wilde of “You have a vision, packages in place on how you’re going to start the season. I’ll just tell you this: DuJuan was a big part of particularly my individual focus for this season.”

Harris played in just four games for the Packers last season and carried 34 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Apparently McCarthy saw enough to believe Harris could improve a lackluster rushing game. Now the Packers will have to get by with a combination of rookies Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin and veterans James Starks and Alex Green.

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15 Responses to “McCarthy: DuJuan Harris was “big part” of Packers’ plans”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 29, 2013 12:19 AM

    Apparently Harris was the guy who was supposed to bring the donuts for the morning meetings.

  2. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 29, 2013 12:44 AM

    Wow, if he’s that upset about Harris, how bad is Lacy?

  3. dino2997 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:45 AM

    Was he going to play defense?

  4. riverace19 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:18 AM

    So, they picked him up off waivers from the Jags, gained 157 yards on the season, but was big in their plans. Back to the buffet line for you MM… your blood sugar is low again and you are delusional… again.

  5. chi01town says: Aug 29, 2013 1:21 AM

    McCarthy wouldnt know a RB if the Vikings gave him AP. all he knows is to pass the ball. want proof? look at his draft pick… FAT BOY Lacy wont last 3 games before he gets hurt. he is not in NFL football shape and with the absolute worse O-line in football he dont stand a chance. Rodgers will have to pass the ball to his #1 WR..OOPS the packers dont have a #1 WR. GOOD LUCK IN SAN FRANCISCO

  6. chi01town says: Aug 29, 2013 7:39 AM

    McCarthy hasnt had a 1000 yard rusher in 6 season’s NOW all of a sudden hes going to pretend like a Fat Boy will just run all over the league? WHY because he put on that yellow a%$ helmet. Green bay has the worse O-line in football but McCarthy will get them to open a Fat hole for this draft bust. When the season starts the 49ers will show everybody that McCarthy dont know nothing about a running game and he wouldnt know a running back if AP was standing in his face.

  7. onlythebest36 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:26 AM

    You have a vision, packages in place on how you’re going to start the season. I’ll just tell you this:

    The only vision he’s going to have is seeing his running backs and QB getting killed as defensive lineman tear through that Swiss Cheese line.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:21 AM

    This Packer team knows how to overcome the injury bug from their 2010 championship season, and has managed to beat up on the hapless and tasteless Bears and Viking teams twice per season every year since then.

    The results on the scoreboard have left a bloody trail of angry Viking and Bear fans going all the way back to the beginning of this decade. It’s funny watching them whine about our dominance.

  9. burntmule says: Aug 29, 2013 11:06 AM

    I can’t believe the reaction to losing a second rate, car salesmen RB. The Packers are the biggest, whiner crybabies in the NFL.

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    What, are all the Packer fans hung over from their fantasy drafts last night? Only filthy is willing to support your team? Don’t tell me you guys have jumped off the bandwagon already.

  11. rtp295 says: Aug 29, 2013 11:37 AM

    @Spielman, what are you talking about Spielman? We all know your the biggest closet Packer fan of all

  12. rtp295 says: Aug 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    I guess my comment earlier didn’t work but the running game will improve because frankly, it can’t get worse. The Packers line is suspect yes, but the way Lacy was running through defenders in the Rams game I don’t think it will matter much.

  13. deltaoracle says: Aug 29, 2013 3:51 PM

    Running game? Running game?!? We don’t need no stinking running game!!

  14. fmc651 says: Aug 29, 2013 5:15 PM

    All the newspapers talk about is injuries with this team. Harris was a serviceable back. They way the media is treating this you would think it was AD or something. You drafted 2 RB’s for a reason
    Harris wasn’t that special.

  15. jlevija says: Aug 30, 2013 3:21 PM

    as we saw in the playoffs McCarthy used Harris in the first half of the game then never gave the ball to a running back again in the second half of the game which caused them to lose their lead and ultimatly lose the game.

    With harris even on the field McCarthy doesn’t know how to call running plays so whats the point, the offensive line now sucks anyways so good luck keeping the other 4 running backs healthy

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