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Harris Shocked To Be Released

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Courtesy of Packers.com
Courtesy of Packers.com

Gren Bay, Wis. (WHBL-Learfield) - Al Harris said he was shocked to be released by the Packers yesterday. The 35-year-old corner has not played in almost a year, after tearing his left knee. And Monday was the deadline for the Packers to activate him from the physically-unable-to-perform list, put him on injured reserve, or waive him. Harris told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he was caught off guard by the release. But it didn’t really surprise him after he wasn’t activated for Sunday night’s home win over Dallas. Coach Mike McCarthy said the decision was based on the Packers’ overall depth, and it wasn’t easy. Apparently, the Packers are happy with Tramon Williams at the corner spot and rookie Sam Shields as the nickel back on passing plays. Harris says he might have a couple of years left in him – and he thinks another team in the N-F-C North might be interested. If he clears waivers, any team can pick him up for about one-and-a-quarter million dollars. Harris was acquired in 2003 in a trade from Philadelphia. He started 102 regular season games for the Pack – he was named to two Pro Bowls – and he had 14 interceptions with Green Bay. Harris said he had a great time with the Packers, and he won’t say anything bad about them.

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