Al Harris, the cornerback for the Packers has stated that he will be returning this upcoming season as the knee injury that forced him to end his participation last year is completely healed. In fact the Green Bay player stated that he never had the intention of calling it quits for good. He tore his left knee in a match against the 49ers on November 22nd in a play against receiver Michael Crabtree.
The 13-year pro football veteran has stated that there are no doubts in his mind concerning his commitment to come back. He mentioned this after the 2nd of 4 public organized team activities or OTA’s which have been taken place during this current offseason.
The veteran Harris said that it was actually hard for him to watch his team losing against the Cardinals in the 1st round of the postseason back in January as he was injured and able to help them, but he also recognizes that these are things that can occur, and that even though he wasn’t present, he was glad to see his team playing as a compact unit.
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Brandon Underwood and Pat Lee are taking the position of Harris and Charles Woodson (also injured) at training camp. Lee and Underwood have been getting extended developing time, as Harris and Woodson will be out in order to recover and be ready for the beginning of the season in a few months from now.
Harris started his career with the Buccaneers and spent just a single season there, to then move on to play for the Eagles for 4 seasons, and then moved to Green Bay in 2003, where he has been playing until now. He is not sure if he is going to be able to play at the opening week, but if he’s actually put in the list of physically-unfit players, and then he is surely going to miss the first 6 weeks of the season.
The rehab specialist for the Packers, Joe Caroccio, said that the Harris’ injury is actually more serious than expected, as he presented a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a torn iliotibial band, a torn lateral hamstring, a torn lateral collateral ligament, and a fibular collateral ligament.
Even though Harris would like to play, the doctor is the one with the last word, which is why his comeback is not a safe thing.
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