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Brandon Jacson takes over at starting halfback for Packers
Ted Thompson elected to go into the regular season with only two true halfbacks on the roster. With Ryan Grant's durability and Brandon Jackson's strong training camp, it was concluded that an extra roster spot could be used elsewhere.
Starting fullback John Kuhn could be used as the emergency third halfback as opposed to a young developmental halfback.
After Ryan Grant suffered what coach Mike McCarthy has described as a "serious" ankle injury involving ligament damage in the win versus the Eagles on Sunday, Brandon Jackson will now be expected to handle not only the bulk of the ball carrying, but continue to handle the third down duties as well.
And depending on the results of medical tests being run on Grant's ankle, the former second round draft pick out of Nebraska may be our lead back for quite some time.
The Packers had hoped to sign Kregg Lumpkin to their practice squad after releasing him on the final cut down. Lumpkin had been with the Packers for a full season alternating between the roster and the injured reserve. After a solid training camp, Lumpkin appeared to be in line to make the roster as the third halfback.
Yet the Packers gambled and released the former Georgia Bulldog on the final cut down and told him to remain in Green Bay to be a part of the practice squad.
However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped in and signed Lumpkin to their active roster before the Packers could work out a practice squad contract. This now appears to have hurt the team as they could have used Lumpkin this week versus Buffalo.
Now the question is whether the Packers will look to sign a different back? Or, depending on how long Grant may be out of action, would the Packers look to make a trade?
Several teams have an abundance of healthy backs, including the Buffalo Bills who have dangled former first round pick Marshawn Lynch for trade at some points this offseason.
There are a few veteran running backs looking for a job as well, including former Steeler fast Willie Parker. But it is debatable whether Parker has much gas left in his tank.
The Packers are lucky in that this Sunday they are at home hosting a weak Buffalo Bills team. Jackson and Kuhn should be functional as Aaron Rodgers looks to shake his mediocre performance against the Eagles with an air assault against the Bills.
But if Grant's injury should keep him out of action more than a couple weeks, the Packers will need to bring in a ball carrier if they hope to keep the Super Bowl goal as a reality!