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Harris disappointed, but not surprised

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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Cornerback Al Harris is disappointed in the Green Bay Packers' decision to release him today. But he's not completely surprised. "I think Al put it best -- Brett Favre's not a Packer, why should this be a surprise?"†Harris' agent, Jack Bechta, told Press-Gazette. Harris, who is trying to come back from reconstructive surgery after blowing out his left knee last Nov. 22 against San Francisco, had been on the Packers' physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp. He began practicing three weeks ago and believed he would be activated. In fact, he said he was ready for the first game in which he was eligible, the Oct. 24 game against Minnesota. Bechta said he has every reason to believe coach Mike McCarthy, who said Harris was released because the Packers liked the players currently on their roster. "I don't really know, but I don't suspect this has been planned all along," Bechta said. "Al's such a warrior. He's just talking to me about playing, 'I don't care where, I just want to be on the field this weekend. I felt like I could have been out there game one versus Minnesota.' "So is he disappointed he's not doing it there? Absolutely. But he's not harboring any malcontent or anything like that. He's just focused on playing." Bechta, who helped Harris document his recovery with videos on the website NationalFootballPost.com, said he thinks Harris is healthy and ready to play. "If anybody got to see him practice the last few weeks, I donít think anybody was expecting†this,"†Bechta said.†"All the reports have been moving north since August and even before that." Now, the 35-year-old will have to wait to see if he's claimed off waivers tomorrow. If he's not, then he would become a free agent. Either way, the Packers aren't responsible for the balance of his contract, which runs through 2011 and contains base salaries of $2.5 million this season and $1.75 million next season. The Packers had to pay Harris his regular weekly salary for the first nine weeks of the season but because he wasn't on the roster Week 1, the rest of his salary isn't guaranteed. Vested veterans who are on the roster Week 1 get paid for the entire season even if they are released and unclaimed by another team. -- Rob Demovsky, rdemovsk@greenbaypressgazette.com http://twitter.com/RobDemovsky

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