Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in last Friday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to a tweet from NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport citing a press conference today from head coach Mike McCarthy.
According to Rapoport, Harris reaggravated inflammation in his patella tendon, which would keep him out several weeks but the plan is to place him on the injured reserve to allow him to fully recover after he missed most of training camp with the same injury. He also had a cyst removed from his lung that prevented him from taking part in much of this past offseason.
Harris, who turns 25 next week, was listed as the starter on the team's depth chart before he received the second opinion on the knee, which confirmed the inflammation. McCarthy called the news "a tough one," according to NFL.com's Dan Hanzus on Tuesday:
"It's a tough one. He's definitely a young player I felt was going to be an impactful player on offense. I know it's a tough blow for him. We need to get him healthy and we will start that process."
With Harris out, rookie Eddie Lacy will reportedly get strong consideration to start at running back for the Packers.
Harris had signed with the Packers' training squad in October 2012 after spending a week as a car salesman at a Jacksonville Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership. Approximately a month later, in December, he was signed to Green Bay's active roster and went on to play in both of the team's playoff games, carrying the ball 11 times and rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Harris ended up carrying the ball 34 times for 157 yards last season.
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