Grant says no regrets for staying out last seasonWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ running back Ryan Grant said he no longer regrets being out for the season after Game-One last year.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ running back Ryan Grant said he no longer regrets being out for the season after Game-One last year.
Grant originally questioned the Packers’ decision to place him on injured reserve, saying his torn right ankle could have recovered in time for late December and the playoffs. But now, Grant says he appreciates the time off – because the ankle is totally recovered.
He said his goal was to rush for 1,500 yards last season – a number that was reached only by Houston’s Arian Foster. But Grant’s dream was snuffed out in the season opener at Philadelphia, when he suffered ligament damage in the right ankle. Grant said he’s all in favor of a two-back system with him and second-year pro James Starks. Starks recovered from his own injury troubles and came alive during the playoffs – when he had 315 yards in four post-season games.
The Packers did not practice yesterday. They’ll return to the training camp field tonight. Safety Morgan Burnett – who tore a knee in his rookie campaign -- was limited during Monday's workout. The coach says Burnett and tight end Jermichael Finley will have close to a full practice tomorrow night. Finley missed the final two-thirds last season plus the playoffs with a knee injury. Another 2010 casualty, outside linebacker Brad Jones, lined up with the Number-one defense last night. For now, McCarthy says he expects Jones to rotate with Frank Zombo and last year’s finisher at the position, Erik Walden. The coach also said defensive tackle Mike Neal is behind the others on his recovery – but he still hopes Neal can get some snaps tomorrow night.
The Packers will hold their annual Family Night on Saturday at Lambeau Field. Their first exhibition game is a week from Saturday night at Cleveland.