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Ryan Grant Injury: Update on Packers Star's Upper Body

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08: Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers runs for yardge as Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints closes in during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

The Packers put on another offensive show on Sunday against the Bears, but it wasn't all good news. In the middle of his best game of the season, Ryan Grant left the game with an unknown upper body injury.

He left after he was sandwiched between two players, but it doesn't appear that the injury is all that serious.

Fantasy Impact

The overall impact won't be too big. Grant was already having a big game, so owners today got a lot out of him. I also doubt that this will cause him to miss any time. Fantasy owners shouldn't be scared off.

Who's the Backup?

Coming into today's game, Grant was something of a backup. James Starks had been getting the majority of the carries and had been more effective in his carries.

It wasn't until this game that Grant really became a factor again. Now, Green Bay has a decision to make on which running back will be the featured back.

Devastation Scale

I'm only going to give this a one on the devastation scale. Green Bay would have been fine with James Starks running the ball and Grant returned to the game, anyway.

Timeline for Return

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers of the Green Bay Packers during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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Grant returned to the game soon after leaving. Green Bay trusts James Starks at running back and they had the game in hand, so if they had any doubts about how healthy he was, they wouldn't have put him back in.

What They're Saying

Jeff Haseley of FootballGuys.com was among the first to comment on the injury via his Twitter, but it was unclear what the injury was:

Ryan Grant is having a good game, but he walks gingerly to the sideline after being sandwiched. Upper body injury don't know the severity

Haseley updated the situation soon after the injury occurred:

Inj update....Ryan Grant is back in the game.

Still no word on what the exact injury was.

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