But one quiet transaction raises questions about how the defending Super Bowl champions might handle their quarterbacks down the stretch.
But could it mean more? A few hypotheses are floating around the newsroom:
Theory A: The team will find a way to rest Rodgers in spots, and Harrell's aboard to back up Matt Flynn. One problem here: This theory took a hit when McCarthy told reporters Wednesday: "I'm not thinking about resting Aaron."
Theory B (and this is a bit juicier): The Packers are preparing for Flynn's departure via free agency (remember, he's considered this offseason's Kevin Kolb -- mysterious, tons of potential, possibly wildly overrated), and Harrell's activation signaled a cunning move to prevent an opponent from snatching away the former Texas Tech star.
Theory C: McCarthy's following a similar road he tread last season.
Whatever the thought process on this one, there's very little room to question a coaching staff and front office that's systematically run roughshod over opponents all season.