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James Starks Season Over, Ryan Grant Returns

James Starks

Although nothing is official as of this moment, the Green Bay Packers will reportedly place running back James Starks on injured reserve.

To shore up their injury-depleted backfield, the team has signed Ryan Grant, according to ESPN Milwaukee.

Update: The Packers have placed running back Johnny White on IR and as of this moment, James Starks is still on the active roster.

Can the Packers be any more injury-prone this season? Starks hurt his knee in the fourth quarter of the Packers win on Sunday. Somehow, he finished the game and even carried the ball three times after he was injured.

The Packers worked out Grant, who played for the team from 2007-11, Tuesday night. He wasn’t re-signed after the 2011 season. In fact, the Packers showed zero interest in bringing him back. Grant had a brief stint with Washington this season.

He gained 559 yards rushing for the Packers in 2011 and gained more than 1,200 yards in both 2008 and 2009.

Starks had 255 yards rushing for the Packers this season and was their leading rusher in 2011, with 578 yards. He’ll join running backs Cedric Benson and Brandon Saine on injured reserve.

In addition to Grant, the Packers backfield will consist of Alex GreenJohn Kuhn and DuJuan Harris.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. E. Wolf December 5, 2012

    There has to be something wrong with the medical and training staff in Green Bay. The sheer number of these injureis (always seems to be hamstring injries or some type of strain) just do not happen on their own.

    1. Savage57 December 5, 2012

      I think it’s a combination of contaminated ground water, radioactive soil and just generally bad juju in the air that is causing all these injuries.

      I think the team needs to relocate all of their facilites to Pulaski and have the grounds at and around Lambeau declared an EPA Superfund site.

      1. E. Wolf December 5, 2012

        Hardy-har har. Now piss off and die. Slog down a pig plate of puppy chow, and follow it up with a big, big swig of liquid draino.

        1. Savage57 December 5, 2012

          Whooaaa! Hold up on the scathing, witty retort, it’s just too much to try and process. I was going for a generally humorous expansion on a viable question you posed, but obviously you saw it differently.

          I always wonder about people that unecessarily personalize things…

          1. E. Wolf December 5, 2012

            Your screed is neither humorous nor amusing, no matter how much you insist to the contrary. In fact, that you insist that it is means that its not–you doth protest too much.
            I don’t like Vikings fans, or people who make snarky comments about the Mecca of football–Lambeau Field AND Green Bay, Wisconsin. It would be greatly amusing and gratifying to subject someone I do not like to that kind of torment. Get out the puppy chow and the liquid draino and various instruments of bondage to facillitate that horrible end.

  2. packer5 December 5, 2012

    You have White and Harris on your roster.But you bring back Grant who you did not want in the first place.I just do not understand MM AND MM anymore. No ones going to pick up Grant so lets see what the other backs can bring to the table Just might find another Barclay type. If does not pan out then go get Grant

    1. Packer Bob December 5, 2012

      Dude, they are not a lot of available veteran RBs out there. What did you expect this late in the season? I suppose we could kidnap Arian Foster.

  3. TyKoSteamboat December 5, 2012

    The reson they brought back Grant is because he knows the offense…(he just fumbles in big games & is slower than molases)

    1. Vijay December 6, 2012

      What games were you watching. I can’t believe how unappreciative Packer’s fans are…he’s the BEST back we’ve had since Ahman got too old and was forced to retire. Ryan Grant has a pretty good YPC if I recall and he does have some breakaway ability. Check it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DWptwoSg9o

  4. Bobby Gray December 5, 2012

    Does Grant have any shot at getting some real game time?

  5. the real russ letlow December 5, 2012

    this will be Grant’s last shot at a SB title, lets hope he plays that way and gives it all he’s got. There are no more free agent contracts out there for him & he knows that too. He is 30, but his legs are fresh, he knows the offense, can catch a pass & pass block pretty well. He can take it to the house if he gets to the second level without running into his own OL or falling down on first contact. If he splits carries with Green (10 to 12 a game for Grant), he can help. He does not have a history as a tough runner, but for a fill in for the last 4 games and playoffs, his NFL experience is worth the signing him. He’ll do OK…we just can’t expect him to run like Jimmy Taylor.

  6. tequila December 5, 2012

    It’s three years now with the injuries. Monty, it’s time for investigative reporting. This is fucked.

    Ryan Grant is a hard worker and will likely show up in great shape but his 3.4 yards and fumbles is not missed. Give Green a chance.

  7. the real russ letlow December 5, 2012

    I agree E Wolf, this injury crap is freakin’ ridiculous!!!! But with Starks, that purple pussy going low ( he must have been afraid to tackle Starks head on) and hitting him directly on the knee was an injury that would have been hard to avoid. Starks is lucky he kept playing. enough is enough….NO MORE INJURIES!!!!!

  8. mxz600 December 5, 2012

    Grant can still ball, he knows the offense, he averaged 4.2ypc his last year here. …packer5?….What has Harris and White proven in the NFL? I think MM and TT are more aware what these 2 players bring to the table than you do. Now…You’re comment regarding Don Barclay…..he has played in 1 game…And you think he’s a player because of that?…He made mistakes…He’s hardly proven himself as a right tackle in the NFL…Give me a break.

  9. Packer Bob December 5, 2012

    Alex Green can’t do it all by himself. Johnny White (concussion) is going on IR and Brandon Saine is already on IR. There ain’t much left at the position. The had to sign someone. At least Grant will have fresh legs. Does that really amount to anything? I dunno.

    Four RB’s on IR this year. That’s just sad.

  10. Mike R December 5, 2012

    Green sucks, at least as a runner out of the backfield. He’s had a chance. Good runners stand out almost immediatley, and Green has not. He hesitates to hit the holes, and is pretty much a poor mans Brandon Jackson, which isn’t saying much. Grant can only help now that Starks is gone.

    1. Packer Bob December 5, 2012

      Brandon Jackson was a good blocker and could catch the ball. I’m not sure I see the comparison.

    2. David December 5, 2012

      Grant will likely be loads better at pass protection than Green or Starks was. As long as he can come up with a 3.8 average and keep Rodgers clean… this will work (I hope).

  11. David December 5, 2012


    Big Dog Barclay blocking on the edge and now we got Grant running to daylight out of the backfield.

    I bet the Super Bowl odds moved a few points today.

    1. David December 5, 2012

      I just checked… Grant was running at a 5.0 average when he was at the Redskins.

      Hopes for finally having a 100 yard rush game this season aren’t over.

      1. Darrin December 5, 2012

        1 carry, 5 yards. yep that’s a 5.0 avg

  12. Packer Bob December 5, 2012

    I blame Obama.

  13. Andy December 5, 2012

    we might get some mileage out grant. He was never aweful just never spectacular, save for favres last season when he came in half way.

    This blows that starks is injured, when he got a shot he ran with purpose and looked pretty decent. With the green-starks backfield I saw it as being sufficient to get the job done. Unfortunately you dont get good running backs in the draft anymore as they usually have 1 good season then tank.

  14. Chungo December 5, 2012

    According to JSonline–Mike Neal has a shoulder injury. McCarthy stated it did not look good from what the training staff told him.

    1. Darrin December 5, 2012

      probably when he stretched out chasing Ponder and landed with his arm extended. it looked awkward at the time.

    2. Abe Frohman December 6, 2012

      how does a guy that can lift a freaking house have such a fragile shoulder? WTF?

  15. Dave December 5, 2012

    I think this is a good move, happy to have Grant back. If he blows it, he’s not likely to have a job after this year so let’s hope we see that urgency in his running.

  16. YourMom December 5, 2012

    Edgar Bennett is already a member of the GB organization…just take off the headset and grab a jersey!

  17. Dr. Nick December 5, 2012

    Is Paull Ott Carruth still available? He could dust off the old #30 uniform… At this point, let’s just put Crabtree in the backfield so he can block for Rodgers so he has a fighting chance to throw the ball.

  18. Richard December 5, 2012

    Would Ahman Green might have one more playoff run left in him? 3 or 4 games is all GB would need from him, assuming no more injuries from this point forward (big assumption I know).

    I just hope Alex Green stays healthy.

  19. Iltarion December 5, 2012


    Rumor has it that Greg Jennings has injured himself while helping his mother carry groceries, Randall Cobb has a ruptured spleen from sneezing too hard, and Aaron Rodgers just pulled a hammy while walking an old lady across an intersection.

    I also believe there are rumors that Clay Matthews may quit football in order to rededicate himself to smoking ganja and communing with spirits.

    This Johnnie White story is a real laugher and will continue to sneak under the radar due to him being a nobody. Didn’t the Packers pick this guy up specifically because Benson and Saine were going to the IR?

    So, this guy comes from Buffalo, gets a concussion, and never gets a snap for the Packers before heading to the IR himself. HAHAHAHA!!!!!

  20. packer5 December 5, 2012

    mxz600 Iwill give you the Grant comment,but unlike you some people can see talent right away.He pancaked a defender on Crabtrees fake fieldgo run for a touchdown.He opened a hole for Starks touchdown run.Also helped on Greens run.MM gave him high marks for first time starter.A packer reporter saids he should be a starter But what the hell do they know about football.Also DC made a nice comment about him too.

  21. packer5 December 5, 2012

    About offense lineman making mistakes.Do you ever hear of Newhouse,Lang.Saturday,names being called more then once during a game and how long have they played.You have only one good lineman SITTON Give me a break!

  22. AZ Pack December 5, 2012

    Everyone in the NFL is nursing injuries at this point in the season. Yes, we’ve been hit pretty hard with key players going down all over and I’m thinking that Clay will be the next one that they report for season ending. Grant should be able to assist a little, but this season may just be a wash after all. The only thing that matters…. Kill the Mother F’ing Bears!

  23. Vijay December 6, 2012

    I don’t what to say that I told you so…but I did call this one happening earlier in the year when Benson went down…I guess it took more bad Karma against Teddy for getting rid of him in the first place to make it happen, however.

  24. Steve December 6, 2012

    I think the James Starks experiment is over. Yes he did help the Packers greatly in achieving a Super Bowl title in 2010. But, has he had even one complete season? Is he REALLY starter material? Alex Green isn’t starter material either. We could bring back Benson, but, he is aging and usually has to deal with some kind of off field issues during the offseason. I think that MM needs to draft a different RB. It would be great if we could land Montee Ball!

  25. Iltarion December 6, 2012

    I am not a big Montae Ball fan. Trying to think of the last UW RB to do shit in the NFL. Yeah, can’t think of any.

    They are saying now that Starks knee is only bruised and that he might be back sooner than reported. On the other hand, with this medical staff, that might mean Starks is headed for the IR.

    1. WelTarion December 6, 2012

      What a dumbass comment – Michael Bennett made the probowl in 2002. So, because an Adrian Peterson didn’t go to Wisconsin, all other running backs from the same program are pre-destined to suck in the NFL?