Black and Blue all over: Al Harris is ready for you

September, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com'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.

Elsewhere around the NFC North this morning:

  • Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila played 24 snaps against the Vikings and had two hits on the quarterback, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It was a solid first outing after missing the entire preseason because of a knee injury.
  • Count Chicago cornerback Nate Vasher as one player who isn't upset that Carolina receiver Steve Smith is suspended for the teams' Sunday matchup. As Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times writes, Smith has had two of the best five games of his career against the Bears. "I can't lie and say that we're not happy that he's not playing," Vasher said.
  • Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson touched the ball 20 times Monday night but none of them came in the Vikings' final drive of the game, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
  • Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press writes that a fan boycott of the Lions wouldn't do any good: "A lot of people assume that if the Lions had lousy attendance, they would be forced to run a better operation. But there are other possible scenarios, and they aren't nearly as pretty."

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