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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Harrell injured ... again

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

One bit of business escaped us Friday: Justin Harrell, Green Bay's increasingly enigmatic former first-round draft choice, sprained his knee Thursday and sat out Friday's practice.

Harrell is listed as questionable on the injury report, although coach Mike McCarthy said he was leaning toward letting Harrell play in Sunday's game against Chicago. Still, it's another physical mishap for a player who entered the league with a history of injuries.

Harrell played in only seven games as a rookie, and a pair of back surgeries sidelined him for the entire offseason, training camp and the first six games of this season. He hasn't stood out since returning to the field, but the Packers need him to help maintain a healthy rotation among their defensive tackles.

McCarthy will make a final decision on Harrell's status Sunday morning. By that time, we'll be in place at Lambeau Field and will update you accordingly.

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