Tuesday, August 31, 2010

McCarthy: Harris to go on PUP list

As posted here yesterday, the Green Bay Packers were facing a tough decision regarding what to do with veteran CB Al Harris: save him one of the valuable 53-man roster spots even if he wasn't ready to go for the first few weeks of the regular season, or put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and lose his services for at least the first 6 weeks.

According to a report in this afternoon's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, head coach Mike McCarthy has apparently made his decision: the PUP list. McCarthy reportedly told USA Today that, "Al Harris is definitely getting better, he's getting close. But he's going to have to start the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform list).''

Perhaps not coincidentally as part of a live interview on an early morning segment on 620WTMJ-AM radio out of Milwaukee, McCarthy indicated that the area of the team that is most unsettled is cornerback. Ya think? McCarthy did not mention Harris' status during that interview, however.

Harris is now out for the first 6 weeks and that leaves backups Brandon Underwood (currently out with a shoulder injury), undrafted free agent Sam Shields or oft-injured Pat Lee as the possibilities for nickel back. Jarrett Bush's stock seems to be dropping for that position, at least as long as the coach's want to see what Shields can do.

In addition to Harris, S Atari Bigby and rookie RB James Starks were also placed on the PUP list, while RB Quinn Porter was assigned to injured reserve.