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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Meet Kregg Lumpkin


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The Green Bay Packers were so impressed this summer with running back Kregg Lumpkin, an undrafted rookie from Georgia, that they released three veteran backs to keep him on the roster. Vernand Morency, Noah Herron and DeShawn Wynn were all jettisoned when Lumpkin won the No. 3 tailback job behind Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson. (Wynn was later signed to the practice squad).

The idea was for Lumpkin to provide depth while learning the ropes from Grant and Jackson. But with Grant nursing a sore hamstring and Jackson recovering from a mild concussion, Lumpkin took all the snaps at tailback Wednesday in practice. Both Grant and Jackson are expected to play Sunday at Detroit, but the situation underscores the faith the Packers have in a rookie few NFL fans might have heard of.

"I think he could handle it all," coach Mike McCarthy told reporters in Green Bay. "He's done a very good job with his opportunities."

Lumpkin was active but did not play in Monday night's 24-19 victory over Minnesota. Based on the health of his teammates, that could change Sunday in Detroit.

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