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DuJuan Harris now off Packers' PUP, gets starting job

The Green Bay Packers won't be solving their tailback glut by stashing DuJuan Harris on the reserved/physically unable to perform list to start the season.

Less than a week after coach Mike McCarthy revealed that he still views Harris as the starter, the Packers activated Harris from the training-camp PUP list.

Finally over a minor knee injury that put him on the shelf for three weeks, Harris immediately began seeing first-team reps in Monday's practice, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"DuJuan Harris, the way we ended the season, I would classify him as a starter on our football team," McCarthy reiterated with emphasis Monday. "I have that confidence in him."

Although second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy appeared to be gaining a toehold on the early down role a week ago, the rookie still is rehabbing a hamstring injury. For now at least, McCarthy is rewarding Harris for averaging roughly 0.8 more yards per carry than the rest of the Packers' disappointing running backs last season.

Other Packers news:

» Wide receiver Randall Cobb returned to practice Monday, albeit with his upper right arm wrapped. Cobb sat out the preseason opener after injuring his biceps in practice last week.

» McCarthy indicated that first-round pick Datone Jones will remain out a couple more days with an ankle injury. The defensive end's status is in question for Saturday's game versus the St. Louis Rams.

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