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Packers Want RB Ryan Grant In Committee Backfield

Sporting News reports that Ryan Grant will be one of a number of players in the backfield this upcoming season for the

The Packers owe running back Ryan Grant $5.25 million for 2011, but that salary and bonus figure, combined with the fact he’s coming off a lost season to an ankle injury, is unlikely to prevent the team from bringing him back for this season. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports the plan is to keep Grant and have him work in committee with second-year player James Starks.

After Grant went down in last year’s season opener against Philadelphia, the Packers struggled to find a consistently productive back to feature in the running game until Starks got healthy and ended up rushing for 315 yards in four playoff games during the team’s Super Bowl run. With Grant and Starks handling the bulk of the load, rookie Alex Green is projected as a third-down back. That might make the backfield too crowded to keep Brandon Jackson, but there’s expected to still be room for John Kuhn at fullback.

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