Harris Coming To Green Bay

CB Al Harris (J Meric/Getty)

Veteran cornerback Al Harris is recovering from a severe knee injury suffered on Nov. 22 against San Francisco; plus more from 1265 Lombardi Ave.

With organized team activities beginning May 17, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy hinted that Pro Bowl cornerback Al Harris would be making an appearance in Green Bay before too long.

Harris is in the midst of an extensive rehab program for his surgically repaired left knee near his home in South Florida.

"The communication has been very good between our trainers and the group he's working with in Florida, and I anticipate Al will be in town here in the near future," McCarthy said.

Harris is five months removed from having the surgery after he tore the ACL and MCL in the knee in a game Nov. 22 against the San Francisco 49ers. McCarthy speculated earlier this spring that Harris, 35, might not be ready by the start of the season.

"We need to get an evaluation on him medically first," McCarthy said.

The Packers certainly could use a healthy Harris. The only cornerback added to the roster is undrafted rookie Sam Shields, who played the position for only one collegiate season with Miami. Harris and fellow corners Will Blackmon and Pat Lee ended last season on injured reserve with knee injuries.

"It would have been fine if the board would have worked out where we had taken a guy," general manager Ted Thompson said. "But it just didn't work that way. Yeah, we have a large number of guys and we're working through some of the young guys that haven't played very much, and certainly the injury things that you mentioned."

Extra points

Receiver Greg Jennings took a turn at acting this offseason.

Jennings made a cameo appearance in an episode of the CBS police drama series "Criminal Minds," which aired May 5. Jennings was cast as a lab technician and had a few speaking lines in one scene.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was highly visible wearing a fedora and suit at the Kentucky Derby on May 1, is weighing an offer to make a cameo on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless."

— Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews were named the team's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively, for the 2009 season by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. They will be honored at the Hall of Fame induction banquet July 17.

— The rookies will report back to Green Bay on May 16 for the start of the OTAs, which will run through June 17. The mandatory minicamp will be June 21-23. OTA practices will be open to fans and reporters on the following Wednesdays: May 19, June 2, June 9 and June 16, all starting at 11:15 a.m. All three minicamp practices will be open to fans and reporters, but times have not been released.

Green Bay still has four restricted free agents who haven't signed their tenders from the team. Incumbent starters Atari Bigby (strong safety), Johnny Jolly (defensive end) and Daryn Colledge (left guard) and nickel back Tramon Williams won't be allowed to participate until they're under contract.

"I think it's important to put things in perspective, and for the individual's not (being) here because of where he stands in the arena of business, then you have to respect that," McCarthy said. "If that's in their best interests from a business decision, then I respect that."


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