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Packers RB DuJuan Harris Placed On IR

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Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images.
Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images.

The Green Bay Packers have sent RB DuJuan Harris to injured reserve with a knee injury to his patellar tendon, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Coach Mike McCarthy said, “DuJuan Harris will go on IR today. It's a tough one. Definitely a young player I felt would be impactful for us on offense.

“It's a similar injury he suffered in the OTAs," McCarthy said. "That's why he pretty much hadn't practiced in 12 weeks; I think that was the timeframe he went through the rehab phase. So similar injury the other night. I could see it in his eyes as he came off the field, so I really haven't felt good about it since the game. But then that was made clear today."

"[It's] not ruptured," Harris said. "Just trying to, like, prevent it from popping, so I'm good. Everything's still intact and all that. It's just a little problem right now that needs to be fixed."

Signed in December last year from the team’s practice squad, Harris gave the team’s rushing attack a boost late in the season and throughout the playoffs. There was some speculation that he had carved out a significant role in the backfield, but the 5-7, 214-pound back simply doesn’t have the size to be a workhorse at running back in the NFL. When the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round, the team envisioned him serving as a change-of-pace back to Lacy.

Now that he’s out, Lacy is in line for an even bigger workload as a potential every-down back.