"I'm hopeful he'll be back," McCarthy said. "The time frame just hasn't been established."
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Tramon Williams, CB
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Harris was injured in the first quarter of Green Bay's loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The injury is believed to be a ruptured spleen, a condition which sidelined then-Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms for the rest of the season in 2006.
"It's a serious injury," McCarthy said. "I think that's obvious to everybody. And really, as we move forward, it's a different type of injury. And we will take a cautious approach, and everything we'll do will be in his best interests."
But McCarthy also said Harris has sought at least three medical opinions this week and there's a "good chance" he can avoid surgery.
"If Al was standing here, he'd tell you he'd want to play this week," McCarthy said. "That's kind of how he feels."
But he left again and did not return after tackling Cowboys running back Marion Barber. Harris went to the locker room in the second quarter with what team officials described as cramping. McCarthy said after the game that Harris had blood in his urine and was not allowed to return by the team's medical staff.
Simms ruptured his spleen in a game against the Carolina Panthers in 2006 and had an emergency procedure to have it removed. He missed the rest of the season and returned in 2007, but was inactive for the first five games before being placed on injured reserve.
"Anytime you lose guys, it's hard, but you expect other guys to step up," Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders said after Sunday's game. "But certainly losing Al, a guy of that caliber, that hurts. Anytime you lose a guy like that, it's not good."
Harris' starting spot will likely be taken by second-year player Tramon Williams.
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