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Friday, September 12, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Al Harris is ready for you

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

The way Al Harris figures it, the more targeted he is this season, the better.

Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal outlines the peculiar situation facing the Green Bay cornerback. Coming off his first Pro Bowl season, Harris nonetheless might be the favored matchup of many opponents this season. If nothing else, his poor performance in the NFC championship game last January, combined with the presence of teammate Charles Woodson, makes him the lesser of two evils.

That's fine with Harris:

"I hope so. I really hope so," he told Wilde. "I need to get more picks. So I definitely hope so. If you're not having balls thrown to your side, you're not having opportunities."

Monday night, Harris was as physical as ever against the Minnesota Vikings. He had his hands all over receiver Bernard Berrian and had a few post-whistle tussles with receiver Bobby Wade.

All eyes will be on him Sunday in Detroit, where the Packers will have to decide which receiver to match him up against: Roy Williams or Calvin Johnson. He has traditionally faced Williams but, with Woodson playing with a fractured toe, he could switch to Johnson.

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