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Wynn cut; Harrell to have surgery

The Green Bay Packers released running back DeShawn Wynn to get down to the NFL's latest roster limit of 75 players.

Wynn started four games as a rookie last season. He led the Packers in their first seven games with 203 yards and four touchdowns, before a shoulder injury ended his season early.

This year, Wynn was limited by an ankle injury and a concussion.

"When you are not available, obviously you don't get to take advantage of your opportunities and that was part of DeShawn's case. The other part of it is the guys around him took advantage of those opportunities," said Mike McCarthy, Packers head coach.

The Packers cut fullback Ryan Powdrell, receiver Chris Francies, and offensive lineman Ryan Considine.

Harrell PUP

Defensive tackle Justin Harrell will undergo back surgery in the next couple days.

It will be his second operation in five months to try and correct a problem that's been lingering ever since he ruptured a lumbar-disc in the off-season workouts.

Harrell was Green Bay's first-round draft choice a year ago and he only played in nine games in the wake of other previous injuries.

Now, the 24-year-old Harrell is on the NFL's physically unable to perform list. That means he must sit out the first six weeks of the regular season.

The Packers will then have three weeks to either activate him, or put him on injured reserve for the year.

Meanwhile, receiver James Jones expects to return for the season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 8. He sprained a knee in last Friday night's exhibition win at Denver, as did rookie right guard Josh Sitton. Reports say he could be out as long as four weeks.

Today, the Packers will hold their final public practice as they get ready for Thursday night's home pre-season finale against Tennessee.


The Packers are in a game-mode, as they get ready for Thursday night's pre-season finale against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field.

Titans' Head Coach Jeff Fisher says he'll play most of his starters into the third quarter.

McCarthy says quarterback Aaron Rodgers will only play a series or two, so rookie back-ups Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn can get longer auditions.

"It's a great opportunity for our young guys, and really, preseason to me is about finding out as much information as you possibly can, not only about your team but about the individuals. This will give us a great look at a lot of guys that are fighting for jobs," McCarthy said.

Receivers Ruvell Martin and second-round rookie Jordy Nelson are expected to see more action.