Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting via Twitter that Packers running back Ryan Grant is done for the season:
Tough blow for the Packers, I'm reporting RB Ryan Grant is done for the year w severe ankle and leg injuries. Will be placed on IR.
This news comes one day after Packers head coach Mike McCarthy described Grant's ankle injury as "significant," but couldn't say whether surgery was needed at the time.
It also comes one day after Grant, himself, said in an interview on 1250 WSSP-AM in Milwaukee that he's "taking it one week at a time."
Brandon Jackson filled in for Grant as the primary halfback on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and is expected to be the main ball carrier as the Packers begin preparations for their home opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and for the remainder of the season.
The more immediate issue may be the depth at running back where John Kuhn is currently the backup halfback.
"John’s done a very good job with his limited opportunities," said McCarthy on Monday. "Every time you put the ball in John’s hand he’s been productive, and we feel very good about him. He’s our third halfback and now will be our second halfback going into Buffalo. I think that’s the obvious, without giving away our whole game plan, but I think that’s the way we’ll definitely go."
It makes sense that the Packers would replace Grant's roster spot with another running back, but seeing as it's only five days until the Buffalo game, it could still be a stretch to see that player activated on Sunday.
Kregg Lumpkin, who the Packers cut, is not available after being picked up on waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Options with experience on the Packers roster include practice squad running back James Johnson and all-time franchise rushing leader Ahman Green who spent time on the 53-man roster a season ago and is currently on the roster of the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
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