Harris returns to practice

The lacerated spleen has almost healed, and McCarthy says he would list Harris as doubtful for Sunday against Indianapolis, though it is more likely the team will wait until after the bye.

Three weeks after it appeared Al Harris' season was over with a lacerated spleen, there was No. 31 at practice on Wednesday.

"I was shocked," defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. "I was like, ‘Whoa, what's this.' I was shocked and happy. That was a good shock."

Harris, who participated in individual drills and conditioning work but not 11-on-11, walked through the locker room but did not talk to reporters. Coach Mike McCarthy said Harris probably would be listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Indianapolis, meaning there's a 75 percent chance Harris would not play. With the bye next week, the Packers almost certainly will give Harris the benefit of that extra week to recover. After the bye, the Packers visit Tennessee on Nov. 2.

"Al and I talked again at practice," McCarthy said. "He was able to do a lot of the individual drills, more extensive conditioning. He feels great. Mentally, he feels he could play. We're just going to follow the direction of the doctors."

Harris' spleen was examined on Monday, and the fifth-eighths inch laceration has practically healed.

"He's made significant improvement from the time of the injury to the scan this past Monday, and he definitely feels a lot better," McCarthy said. "We definitely have a chance to have him back."

While Tramon Williams has played well, with interceptions in all three starts in place of Harris, there's no downside in getting the popular and hard-working 11-year veteran back on the field.

"Just knowing he's going to be there, because at one point in time, we didn't think he was going to be here," Pickett said. "To know one of our better cornerbacks is going to be there, that gives the defense an amazing lift."

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com

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