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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Black and Blue all over: A change for Harrell


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out another likely personnel transition related to Green Bay's switch to a 3-4 defense: Former first-round draft pick Justin Harrell probably doesn't project as a nose tackle, meaning he'll have to move to defensive end.

Harrell is still recovering from a back injury that started bothering him almost a year ago. But if and when he returns, it's likely to be at a new position.

During Tuesday's media availability for the Packers' new assistant coaches, defensive line coach Mike Trgovac noted Harrell's 6-foot-4, 320-pound frame and said: "So you'd probably look at him -- again, it's early on it now -- but you'd probably look at him as an end-type person."

It's assumed that Ryan Pickett will get the first chance to man the nose tackle position. Cullen Jenkins could play one of the end positions. The Packers' other 2008 defensive end, Aaron Kampman, will be shifted to outside linebacker.

Continuing around the NFC North: