Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Sep 2010

Justin Harrell Out For Season, Ryan Grant To Miss Week 2

Packers defensive lineman Justin Harrell tore his ACL on Sunday and will miss the rest of the 2010 season. Harrell had just returned from a back injury that's blighted his pro career since being taken in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Meanwhile, the team's official Twitter page reports that halfback Ryan Grant will miss Week 2 with an ankle injury. It's the first game Grant will miss with an injury since taking over as the Packers' starter in 2007. It also ends a skill position streak of health for the Packers; last year, their starting quarterback (Aaron Rodgers), top two running backs (Grant and Brandon Jackson), and top three wide receivers (Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and James Jones) all played full 16-game seasons. Only tight end Jermichael Finley missed time.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 13 Sep 2010

17 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2010, 8:23am by MCS


by coboney :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 1:23pm

Wait Justin Harrell is injured? Say it isn't so!

In other expected injury news - bob sanders got hurt.

As for Grant - that will hurt the packers.

by MCS :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 1:36pm


Unfortunately we have probably seen the last of Harrell. It is sad. I have heard that he is a hard worker.

Sitting Grant is merely a safety precaution. Packers have the Bills and should be fine without him. They need him later in the year.

by the cat in the box is dead (not verified) :: Tue, 09/14/2010 - 7:29am

I think the Packers managed to run the ball fairly well without Grant, to be honest. There wasn't much of a drop-off after they went out, even though they were finding it hard going overall. Good move to hold him out.

by tornadot :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 1:43pm

Yep we really need that 18 game season!

by frievalt :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 2:25pm

More football, less concussions. Do the math.

by Kibbles :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 4:59pm

Would you advocate moving to 12 game seasons to reduce injuries?

by MCS :: Wed, 09/15/2010 - 8:23am

It's week one. How would adding or reducing games have any impact on the injuries realized to date?

by JoeHova :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 2:08pm

It's a shame that Harrell is hurt again. He's played in only 14 games over his first 4 seasons in the league. I feel bad for him. At least it's not the back again but I'm sure having a torn knee ligament is no fun either.

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 2:59pm

The Packers are now effectively down to five DL. Oh wait, that was true even before Harrell's injury.

by MCS :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 3:10pm

FOX 11's Paige Pearson is tweeting that she is on the same flight as DE Jarius Wynn. He stated he is back with the Packers.

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 3:16pm

Excellent news. Wynn was ok in his limited time. I didn't see the preseason or camps, but I think he'd have made the team if it weren't for Harrell's draft pick status - despite what TT says. (I still like TT, but he can be too stubborn at times.) Still wish Jolly wasn't suspended.

by Flounder :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 6:23pm

Wynn had an unremarkable camp. Harrell had a solid camp, other than a couple days where his back flared up. Now, you could debate keeping Wilson over Wynn, but not Harrell over Wynn.

by Ezra Johnson :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 6:01pm

That was a brutally physical game, even in the context of Opening Day. Hell, it was physical in the context of a Super Bowl game. It was clear the Eagles really wanted it, which makes the win that much more gratifying, if costly. I wonder why Toribio had been picked up (by KC) while Wynn hadn't. That is, I'm surprised Toribio's that much better-regarded. I can see them surviving one week without Grant, but there's no way they'll go longer without picking up somebody at RB, right?

It's mind-boggling to think that in '96 they went out and not only signed Bruce Wilkerson to replace Michels at LT, but also got Andre Rison to replace Brooks when he went down. I don't know how much the practice squad and roster rules have changed since then, but it seems impossible to pick up that kind of talent mid-season anymore. I guess they did kind of get lucky with Wilkerson, because as I recall he was thought to be done at the time.

by ammek :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 6:25pm

The Packers signed Wilkerson in April 1996 just before the draft, not midseason. He was coming off an injury and a bad season in Jacksonville, and although he was #2 on the depth chart Holmgren didn't want to play him — he ended up being the fourth Packer to start at left tackle that season when he came in for the finale against Minnesota. Apparently, Ron Wolf (who'd drafted Wilkerson in LA a decade previously) had been pestering Holmgren to make the change for some weeks. Wilkerson then started all three playoff games, and didn't give up a sack.

by Ezra Johnson :: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 6:31pm

Ah, thanks for the correction.

by the cat in the box is dead (not verified) :: Tue, 09/14/2010 - 7:33am

It was a ridiculously physical game, I thought. Strangely nostalgic to see the Kelly Green Eagles playing absolutely ferocious defense and a dynamic but inconsistent running QB doing spectacular things but not quite pulling out the win. All they needed was a bit of trash-talking from the head coach and it would have been like the old-days.

Fair play to the Pack as well, they played a tough, tough game.

by Zac :: Tue, 09/14/2010 - 9:42am

We just got rid of Will Blackmon finally. Hopefully Harrell is next.