McCarthy says Harris could return from spleen injury by end of month

Cornerback Al Harris' spleen injury showed "significant improvement" in medical tests, and he could return later this month, coach Mike McCarthy said.

"Obviously we are moving in the right direction," McCarthy said. "So, we'll see what the other doctors' opinions [are]. That's just one doctor's opinion. We'll send his results out and get back more information. I think he will be hard-pressed to make it this week, but I think after the bye is realistic."

The Packers host Indianapolis on Sunday and have a bye the following week.

Harris, who made his first Pro Bowl last season and typically takes on the opposing team's top receiver each week, was injured in the first quarter of Green Bay's loss to Dallas on Sept. 21. It's not a typical football injury, but not unheard of. Then-Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms was sidelined for the rest of the season by a ruptured spleen in 2006.