Ryan Grant Injury: Is His Running Style Taking Too Much of a Toll?

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers is hit by Brandon Meriweather #31 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ryan Grant is a grind it out type of pit bull runner. He puts his head down and fights for every yard that he gains.

This type of running style has a way of making you jump to the front of the depth chart. Still, when you are a gridiron warrior like Grant, injuries are part of the game.

And that is why injuries are a prominent part of his game.

Grant has been sidelined this week with a kidney bruise. Although he finished the game against the Chicago Bears, it is more than likely he is going to have to take a bit more time off.

Grant was not part of Green Bay's Super Bowl run. He was injured for the whole of last season. That is why it is easy to say that Grant is not a necessity for the Packers to win.

Grant, however, is a large offensive weapon that adds to the great Green Bay running game. So far this season, he has had 32 attempts for 157 yards.

He is the type of runner that gets going as the season goes on. Two seasons ago, Grant did not get his best running performances until the end of the season and into the playoffs.

When the Packers take the field on Sunday against the Broncos they will have a strong offensive running game to go with their undoubted amazing pass offense.

The Green Bay Packers need to get Grant carries so that he can get up to the best of his ability and running at the top of his game.

But they do not need to get him those carries immediately. The injury will not hurt his game changing potential on the season.

Ryan Grant will come back in a few weeks and will be the iron horse the Packers need when it comes to the back end of the season and the playoffs.