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Friday, September 26, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Free Ryan Grant


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Is it time for the Green Bay Packers to take the shackles off tailback Ryan Grant?

Grant has been dealing with a sore hamstring for about six weeks and has been limited to 40 carries in the first three games of the season. But the Packers removed him from their injury report this week amid indications he is over the proverbial hump in his recovery.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"It's a good sign that he's practicing well. We'll see how he responds when the game rolls around. He's had a good week of preparation so far."

According to the Journal Sentinel, the Packers have been not only limiting Grant's playing time -- his 40 carries have come in about 80 snaps from scrimmage -- but also have urged him not to stress the hamstring by running full speed in the open field.

That request has to be awfully difficult for any running back, and it's one Grant is eager to put behind him.

"It is the situation right now. I hope it changes. But I just have to do what I have to do. I'm doing more, feeling good, I made it through practice so far, feeling the best I have. So I'm looking [for them] to move me forward."

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