GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In the eyes of coach Mike McCarthy, the Green Bay Packers just lost their starting running back for the season. McCarthy announced Tuesday that DuJuan Harris was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
"It's a tough one," McCarthy said. "He was definitely a young player I felt would be impactful for us on offense.
"Tough blow to him."
Despite the Packers drafting Eddie Lacy in the second round and trading up for Johnathan Franklin in the fourth round, McCarthy described Harris as the team's starting running back on multiple occasions during training camp. Even though Harris missed the first couple weeks of practices -- as well as the offseason training activities -- with a similar knee injury, McCarthy didn't change his mind, classifying him as Green Bay's top running back.
Over the past 12 months, the 24-year-old Harris went from being a used cars salesman to a player on the Packers' practice squad to starting for Green Bay in its two playoff games.