Packers Injuries: Green Bay Starters Likely Played Their Last Game For Team

Jason PotvinContributor INovember 23, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 22: Defensive back Al Harris #31 of the Green Bay Packers is taken off the field on a cart after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on November 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the 49ers 30-24. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Though the Pack was able to keep its playoffs hope alive with a win against San Francisco, today could be the last game Aaron Kampman and Al Harris play as Green Bay Packers.

Al Harris and Aaron Kampman were both carted off the field Sunday after sustaining serious knee injuries. It is reported that Harris has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Kampman is also believed to have torn his ACL as well.

Harris will need reconstructive surgery but at the age of 35 his career could be in jeopardy.

Aquired in a trade with Philidelphia in 2002, Al Harris has been a staple corner for the Green Bay defense. His aggressive bump-and-run style made him a perfect fit for the Packers' man-to-man coverage. Harris attended the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008 after being selected as an alternate the last three previous years.

Harris is mostly remembered for his overtime interception against the Seattle Seahawks where he picked off Matt Hasselbeck for the touchdown and the win in 2004. It was quite ironic due to Hasselbeck gloating after winnning the overtime coin toss, "We want the ball and we’re going to score."

Kampman is likely out for the season and will become a free agent this offseason.

Drafted in the fifth round by the Packers in 2002, Kampman developed into one of the league's best pass rushers. Over the past three years, Kampman collected 37 sacks, ranking third in the league behind DeMarcus Ware (45.5) and Jared Allen (37.5).

Though Kampman was an elite defensive end in the 4-3, he has been unable to make the transition to an outside linebacker in the new 3-4 defense. The likelyhood of him returning next year was already in question, but his trade value has taken a significant hit.

Regardless of what happens in the offseason, it is quite disappointing to see two Packer fan favorites that have likely finished their tenure in Green Bay because of injuries. 

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