One offseason injury that should be followed closely this season is that of Packers CB Al Harris. Harris has said he’ll be back on the field this season after tearing up his left knee in Week 11 last year, but he isn’t sure if he will be back in time for the opener. There remains a strong possibility that he could start the year on the physically-unable-to-perform list instead.
There’s a lot of uncertainty about Harris’ comeback, because, as Lori Nickel outlines in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he tore five components in the knee: anterior cruciate ligament, lateral collateral ligament, iliotibial band, fibular collateral ligament and lateral hamstring.
Nickel opines the odds are stacked against Harris and reports he has little chance of being ready for the start of training camp in six weeks, a notion also held by Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
“I’m sure Al may tell you something differently,” McCarthy told the Journal Sentinel, “but that’s my assessment of the information I’ve been given.”
Harris told Packers.com that he will stay in Green Bay during the month of July to work out until the rest of the team reports for training camp.
A notable player to watch as Harris continues his comeback is Tramon Williams, who started opposite Charles Woodson last season after Harris’ injury and signed his restricted free agent tender last week in order to take part in mandatory minicamp.