Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur says there’s a possibility newly acquired defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison could play in the team’s regular-season finale Sunday at Chicago.
The Packers claimed Harrison off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday as they looked to add depth to their defensive front for their playoff run. LaFleur said Thursday that Harrison is with the team already.
“He’ll be at practice today,” LaFleur said. “He will potentially be suiting up Sunday. We’ll see how the week goes. I think that’s always hard to ask of somebody. But then again, you’re dealing with a true pro, a vet that’s been around and seen a lot. It’s just how fast can we get him acclimated to what we’re trying to do and what we’re asking him to do. But like I said, we’re just really happy to have him in the building.”
The Packers announced the addition of Harrison on Thursday. The Packers also announced they have released defensive lineman Anthony Rush.
“He’s been a guy that’s been playing at a high level since he entered the league and been one of the best nose tackles to play,” defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “So, (I'm) excited to get a chance to talk to him, pick his brain and, you know, play with him.”
Harrison’s current and former team are competing for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs along with the New Orleans Saints (11-4).
The Packers (12-3) will earn the top seed if they beat or tie Chicago (8-7), or if San Francisco (6-9) beats or ties Seattle (11-4). The Bears could clinch a playoff berth by beating the Packers.
Harrison played six games for the Seahawks. He was released Monday after the Seahawks left him inactive for their victory over the Los Angeles Rams a day earlier.
The 32-year-old earned All-Pro honors while playing for the New York Giants in 2016.
“What we’ve heard is that he’s a really intelligent guy,” LaFleur said. “Obviously, he’s got a lot of experience, so that usually, you know, expedites the learning curve for these guys. So, you know, he’s going to be a guy who I think can give us a lot in terms of playing the nose and you know, he’s a really good run defender, and he has been for a really long time.”
NOTES: Offensive tackle Rick Wagner was a limited practice participant Thursday after leaving a 40-14 victory over Tennessee on Sunday with a knee injury. ... Running back Jamaal Williams, who missed the Titans game with a quadriceps injury, was a full practice participant. ... Tight end Jace Sternberger, who has missed the Packers' past three games with a concussion, practiced on a limited basis. ... Defensive lineman Kingsley Keke didn't practice and also is dealing with a concussion.
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