The Green Bay Packers have officially announced the signing of veteran running back Ryan Grant, but it’s a different name from the running back position going on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday afternoon than the one most were expecting.
Instead of James Starks landing on the list because of his injured knee, which Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee reported on Tuesday night, the Packers placed recently acquired running back Johnny White on IR with a concussion he suffered in Week 12.
White was claimed on Oct. 15 after the Buffalo Bills waived the second-year running back.
At least for now, the chance exists that the injury Starks suffered against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday is not of the season-ending variety. According to Wilde, Starks hurt his knee when Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson undercut the Packers running back in the fourth quarter of Green Bay’s 23-14 win.
Starks left the game in obvious pain but later returned to carry three times.
However, White’s concussion opened the door for Green Bay to finally bring back the franchise’s fifth all-time leading rusher.
Grant, who played in one game with the Washington Redskins this season, spent five years in Green Bay from 2007-11. During that time, Grant rushed for 4,016 yards and 25 touchdowns.
In addition to signing Grant, the Packers also added tackle/guard Shea Allard and safety Chaz Powell to the practice squad.
Allard (6-4, 305 lbs.) was signed as undrafted free agent in May after taking part in the Packers’ rookie camp on a tryout basis. He stuck with the team until cutdowns on Aug. 31. Allard started three years at left tackle for the University of Delaware.
Powell (6-0, 203) signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State but was released in late August. He also played cornerback, receiver and kick returner at State College.