Sunday, November 22, 2009

Harris out for season, Kampman out 2-4 weeks

According to the latest reports, Packers CB Al Harris -- on track for another Pro Bowl -- is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered in today's game, and LB Aaron Kampman is projected to be out at least 2-4 weeks with an as-yet unspecified knee injury also sustained today.

A costly victory for the Packers, losing these two outstanding defensive starters.

Rookie LB Brad Jones performed well last week starting in place of Kampman and in relief today. Rookie CB Brandon Underwood, however, was a definite target after coming in for Harris today and, if he is the designated replacement for Harris, will have to step up his game considerably. Primarily a special teams player, he has been known to be out of position and is frequently called for penalties of various kinds. Nobody could play to Harris' level, but we will have to see whether or not Underwood has the stuff to even play in Harris' shadow or not.