Packers Release CB Al Harris

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  • Al Harris' 56-yard interception return in overtime ended a 33-27 Green Bay win over Seattle in the 2003 playoffs. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have let go of a Pro Bowl cornerback who served the team for seven years and delivered a memorable playoff game-winning overtime interception return that will remain in Packers' fans memories for years.

The Packers have released Al Harris, who came to the team in 2003 and played for seven full seasons.

Harris ,35, owns the team's record for passes defensed in one season (28, in 2004) and he intercepted 14 passes in regular season games in Green Bay.

"It was a tough decision," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy in his weekly Monday news conference.  "We made a decision based on the overall depth and future of our roster.  A number of different variables went into that decision."

In the 2003 NFC Wildcard game, his interception of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and scoring return in overtime (with "dreadlocks in his wake," as uttered by Packers Radio Network Voice Wayne Larrivee) proved to be the deciding play in a 33-27 Packers win, the only playoff victory during the years of 2002-2006.

He recently suffered an ACL injury and also had chronic ankle problems. 

The team placed him on th physically-unable-to-perform list after he underwent ACL surgery last season, and he first practiced with the Packers after the surgery on Oct. 18.