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Harrell Reportedly Misses Practice Due To Birth Of Child

GREEN BAY – Packers defensive lineman Justin Harrell was not present at this morning's training camp practice reportedly due to the birth of his child.

Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote on Twitter:

Harrell's wife had a baby last night so his absence could solely be for that.

As could be expected, Harrell and his problematic back gave observers cause for concern. Harrell sat out of Tuesday's practice after saying he woke up that morning with back soreness.

According to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, head coach Mike McCarthy said Harrell would have returned to practice today had it not been for personal reasons.Vandermause wrote on Twitter:

McCarthy: Harrell excused from practice for personal matter. Would have practiced today.

Harrell told Cheesehead TV on Tuesday that he would return to practice today. Whether or not he returns to practice tonight remains to be seen.

If Harrell returns to the practice field as soon as he comes back to the team, it would assuage many concerns about his balky back, which has limited him to 13 games in his three-year professional career. He missed the entire '09 season due to a herniated disc in his back.

The veteran defensive lineman is in a battle to make the 53-man roster, but must show he will not be a liability. Harrell must show the Packers he is not a liability, because if they keep him around, they are going to have to cut someone else.

Harrell has generally been working in a rotation among the defensive line, although he has been part of the team's No. 1 line in the "Hippo" goal line and short-yardage formation, at least during practice.

Prior to Tuesday, Harrell had not shown any indication that his back had been bothering. Aside from pulling out of one practice due to heat-related issues, he had taken part in every practice for the first three weeks and played in the first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.

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nerdmann's picture

He needs to be conserving his Jing Essence, not making babies with it. But congrats, Justin!
Now, get your ass in there.

pat fermanich's picture

may the power of babies be with you and your family. now get in and practice!

longtimefan's picture

yeah, the back sure didnt give him an issue 9 months ago :)

PackersRS's picture

Not necessarily...

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Jeremy's picture

Harrell has played in just 13 out of 51 games since he got here, has never started a game and has amassed 28 tackles. Even if he makes it through preseason, TT has to have serious reservations he is going to be reliable enough to warrant a roster spot.

WoodyG's picture

Have to agree ...... The only way Harrell makes the 53 is if he looks "good" the rest of TC including the last 3 preseason games ...... Even if his back is no longer an issue, at some point in time he has to perform at a high level ........ With his injury history, I just can't see him as a roster fill-out on the DL ..... Why would you draft CJ Wilson & then risk losing him in a move to the PS while keeping an injury prone, average performing player like Harrell? ..... I'd love to be totally wrong on this but .......

pat fermanich's picture

docters have babies, fire man have babies, policemen have,babies our great heros over seas have babies we love them all life goes on.

pat fermanich's picture

my mother died three weeks ago a great packer fan life goes on one leaves us and one is born amen

Rich Beckman's picture

Ain't nothin' better than kids.

Michael (Pat/s Twin)'s picture

Such a lucky man to have a baby and be a Packer so now he will have something to play for via bring home the bacon, right?

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