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Thursday August 8th, 2013

Packers running back DuJuan Harris gave the team a boost after being inserted a starter in 2012. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Packers RB DuJuan Harris gave the team a boost after being inserted as a starter in 2012. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Despite drafting running back Eddie Lacy in the second round, the Green Bay Packers expect him to be the starter of the future.

Lacy has been getting first-team reps at training camp, but that doesn't mean he is the favorite to start Week One at home against the San Francisco 49ers.

In fact, head coach Mike McCarthy says he views another back as the starter.

"I'm excited to see when DuJuan Harris comes back because I view him as our starter," McCarthy told USA Today Sports.  "I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense."

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Green Bay running backs last season only averaged 3.9 yards per attempt. They also have veteran James Starks and rookie Johnathan Franklin on the roster competing for snaps. Harris carried the ball 34 times for 157 yards last season after being promoted from the practice squad. Harris did not participate much in the offseason, after having a cyst removed from his lung. He has not be able to go in training camp either, as he is nursing a knee injury.

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