Harris: Im playing in the Tennesse game

Just got off the phone with Al, who is in great spirits and is itching to get back on the field.

He said if it were up to him, he’d be playing this weekend vs. Indy because he feels “great.” But the doctors have not cleared him for a return in Week 7.

However, he said he’ll be back the week after the Oct. 26 bye week. When I asked him how sure he was that he’d return on Nov. 5 vs. Tennessee he said:

“100% sure. Tennessee game, I’m playing.”

Earlier in the week, Harris spoke with the Wisconsin State Journal, telling them how he has been spending his off-time, what his mindset is and more:

“The first week, I couldn’t do anything. It was just rest. And I suck at that,” said Harris, who’d last sat out a game in 1997, when he was on the Buccaneers’ practice squad. “But I had to do it, so I did. I sat home and rested. I’m just thankful they didn’t have to take my spleen out or anything like that.”

Harris was cleared to do light workouts — small weights and cardio on the elliptical trainer — after that, which wasn’t enough for him, either. (Hence the restaurant search.)

“It’s been hard, not being able to prepare every week (for a game). You’re so used to preparing and used to doing one thing every day, my whole day, I’ve had to literally make up a different schedule to keep my days (tolerable),” Harris said. “Because I’ve been having the same schedule for so long: Go to practice, workout, go home, eat, maybe get another workout in, study and then go to sleep.”

Harris said he’s been impressed with the way nickelback Tramon Williams has played in his stead — he’s had an interception in each of his three starts in Harris’ place — but said his return would give the Packers’ defense a boost.

“I’m definitely anxious to get back out there. I think I can help,” Harris said, singling out the play of Williams and veteran cornerback Charles Woodson, who continues to play with a broken toe on his right foot. “The guys are doing a great job, but I’m anxious.”

Anxious, but not without concerns, Harris confessed.

“I’m still scared, right now. But the odds of it happening again are unlikely,” Harris said. “I may be wrong. But I’m going to give it a shot once the doctors clear me.”

BTW, Al adds he’s discovered a new restaurant while he’d been sidelined. He’s been a customer at The Urban Frog Deli almost every day since his injury!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lindab on October 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    So glad to hear you will be back and are doing well. Excited for 11/02!

    Good luck and stay healthy

    Reply

  2. Posted by Ian on October 22, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Oh hell yeah!

    Reply

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