Justin Harrell (born February 14, 1984 in Martin, Tennessee) is a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Packers 16th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft after playing college football at Tennessee.
Harrell has proved to be very injury prone. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Harrell has only participated in 14 regular season games over four seasons.
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Harrell took part in only limited drills with the Packers in their organized team activities (OTA) practices as a result of the torn biceps tendon suffered while playing for Tennessee. Harrell was cleared to practice with the team at the preseason camp which began July 28. Harrell immediately drew criticism for showing up to OTA and Training Camp his rookie season out of shape and slightly overweight.
On July 27, 2007 Harrell signed a six-year contract with the Packers. The deal reportedly had a maximum value of just under $15 million with approximately $8 million guaranteed. Harrell played in his first NFL game on October 7, 2007 against the Chicago Bears in Week 5.
Harrell spent 2008 training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. On August 25, he was placed on the Reserve/PUP list, forcing him to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. He was activated on November 1 after defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was released. On August 4 2009, Harrell again injured his back during training camp practice and was inactive for the entire 2009 season.
In the season opener of the 2010 football season, Harrell suffered a "significant knee injury" and was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season.
At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Harrell had only participated in 14 regular season games over four seasons.