Another setback for Packers' Harrell


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Once again, it's clear that anything Green Bay gets this season from former No. 1 pick Justin Harrell is gravy.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Tuesday that Harrell is having back spasms, a condition related to the pair of back surgeries Harrell has had since entering the NFL. Harrell didn't practice Tuesday and McCarthy termed the event "a little bit of a setback for him."

Harrell said recently that one doctor told him in 2008 that he would never play again. He was cleared for training camp, however, and was actually seeing some practice time with the first team at left end because of injuries and the extended absence of first-round pick B.J. Raji. This development means Harrell isn't going to get a chance to prove himself in a preseason game anytime soon.

Here's what general manager Ted Thompson told reporters Tuesday:

"This game is about accountability and durability and all of that, and that has to factor in. Certainly we think a lot of Justin and we think he has a bright future as an NFL player. He has had his share of bad-luck injuries and he's going to battle though something now, and he has battled through. We'll see, but at the end of the day you have to be able to line up and do your part, and he's giving it a go."

Thompson and the Packers have a lot invested in seeing Harrell through his troubles, but you wonder how long they will be patient.