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Packers ponder future without injured teammates

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Associated Press
November 23, 2009
— Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the knee injuries to cornerback Al Harris and outside linebacker Aaron Kampman on Sunday “did not look very good” and were cause for concern.

McCarthy said the team would have more definitive information today.


Agent Neil Cornrich said Kampman was scheduled for more tests today.


“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Cornrich said.


Linebacker Nick Barnett posted on his Twitter account after the game that Harris’ season is over, although it was not clear where he got the information.


“Bad news!!!” Barnett wrote. “Lost Al this whole season.”


If the injuries are serious, it could be a major setback for a defense trying to keep the Packers (6-4) in the thick of the NFC wild card race.


“We’re all professionals in this game,” cornerback Charles Woodson said. “We’ll come in; we know what we’ve lost. The coaches, they’ll spend a lot of time tonight and in the morning figuring out what we’ll do. And then it’s up to the guys to come in and execute it.”


Harris was injured early in the fourth quarter and was carted to the locker room. While on the cart, he pulled his sock down and tried to brace his left knee; the team did not identify which knee was injured.


Kampman also appeared to hurt his left knee, which buckled on a play in the third quarter. Kampman walked off the field with a limp, then headed to a cart and was taken to the locker room.


Kampman sat out last week’s victory over Dallas with a concussion, the first game he has missed because of an injury since 2003. Harris missed four games last season with a lacerated spleen, the first significant injury of his career.



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