Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant is out for the season and will go on injured reserve after tearing two ligaments in his ankle during the Packers victory over the Philadelphia Eagles — a story first reported by Jay Glazer.
The injury will require surgery and Grant is expected to be on crutches for 10-12 weeks.
Yesterday, coach Mike McCarthy termed Grant’s injury significant, but the full extent of it was not revealed until today. Grant said he was week-to-week yesterday, but it appears he was being overly optimistic.
From Glazer’s Twitter:
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.
Brandon Jackson will assume the No. 1 running back role and will be backed up by fullback John Kuhn. The Packers are also bringing in Dimitri Nance, a rookie the team picked up off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.
Nance is an undrafted rookie free agent who played his college ball at Arizona State. He had 21 carries for 51 yards and a 2.4-yard average in the preseason. The Packers brought in Nance over James Johnson, who is on their own practice squad.
The loss of Grant is a blow to the Packers Super Bowl aspirations. Grant has run for more than 1,200 yards in each of the last two seasons. Jackson has never served as a full-time starter.