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Monday, November 8, 2010
BBAO: Al Harris to be released

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

We have big news here early Monday morning. Corporate cousin Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com is reporting that the Green Bay Packers will not add cornerback Al Harris to their 53-man roster on Monday, the deadline for doing so. Instead, they will release Harris after apparently determining that he hasn't made it back from a devastating knee injury suffered last Nov. 22 at Lambeau Field.

Coach Mike McCarthy was non-committal about the decision after Sunday night's 45-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but Harris confirmed it in a text message. The Packers have gotten Pro Bowl work from Tramon Williams in Harris' place, and rookie Sam Shields has done a nice job as the nickelback.

We'll have more on this later Monday when the Packers presumably make it official. But Harris tore the anterior cruciate ligament, the lateral collateral ligament, the IT band, the fibular collateral ligament and the lateral hamstring in his left knee and leg. Rumors around the NFL suggested Harris might have a hard time returning from the injury, but the Packers kept hope until the final moment.

Harris, 36, arrived in Green Bay in a 2003 trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Let's take an early-morning spin around the division after the completion of Week 9: