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Al Harris’ Injury Worse Than We Thought

Al Harris

Al with teammates on Wednesday. Click photo for full gallery.

There was a time when Green Bay Packers’ cornerback Al Harris said he would return from his knee injury in six months. The injury happened in November, so that date has passed and as the days go on, it seems unlikely Harris will be ready for football action anytime soon.

Yesterday, it was noted that Harris’ injury is more than just a simple ACL tear. In fact, Harris tore some things we’ve never heard of in addition to the ACL.

“It is a very rare injury,” said Joe Caroccio, who began work with Harris at the Atlantic Rehab Center in Florida in January. “He had a torn anterior cruciate ligament, torn lateral collateral ligament, torn iliotibial band, fibular collateral ligament and torn lateral hamstring.”

That’s not exactly good news for the Packers, who have a lot of question marks at cornerback. And while Harris is determined to make it back, even he doesn’t know when that will be.

“I didn’t know the severity of the injury until I started doing a little research,” said Harris. “Guys don’t normally come back from injuries such as this and perform, so… you read that and take it for exactly what it is. Different people have their opinions. I have my opinion, and here we are June 2, I’m running.”

Earlier in the offseason, Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy suggested there was a possibility Harris wouldn’t be back for the start of the regular season. Although no one else gave the indication that was probable at the time, it now looks to be very probable.

Harris is now in Green Bay with his teammates, where he will finish his rehab, and the Packers inch closer to starting the season with Tramon Williams as a starting cornerback.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. bogmon June 3, 2010

    I personally feel totally secure with Tramon at the other side….just please keep Jarret Bush off the field in critical situations…

    I truly hope that Blackmon stays healthy and shows the kind of gamemanship I feel he is capable of with this team…but, time will tell.

  2. cheesey June 4, 2010

    Worse than *you* thought, maybe. I never thought he’d be back for this season, certainly not the start of it. He was deluding himself and a lot of people went along because they wanted to believe. I applaud his determination (obviously part of what makes him such a great player), but it was never realistic in this case. Just too much damage. He tore everything you can tear and basically had *no* knee. Look at how long Tom Brady was out with *just* an ACL, and how creaky he looked when he first came back.

  3. soapy June 7, 2010

    Right from the get go there were reports that this was a devistating knee injury. Not to mention that hes 35, maybe Al is just bad at math…

  4. RayV#7 June 9, 2010

    The Packers seem fine if coach McCarthys words are true, he says that Pat Lee and Underwood are coming along fine and are candidates for most improved, plus we need to get Tramon Williams butt into OTAs by making sign the tender!!! We have Woodson on the Left, Williams on the Right, Could have either Underwood or Lee and Nickel and have Bush on the Bench, see that works out, but having back Al Harris would be nice!!!