GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers have signed free-agent running back Ryan Grant and will likely place running back James Starks on injured reserve, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin.com.
This is a return to Green Bay for Grant, who played five seasons with the Packers from 2007 to 2011 and ran for 1,200-plus yards in two of them.
Grant, who will turn 30 Sunday, was not re-signed by Green Bay in the offseason, with the team deciding instead to sign Cedric Benson. Grant spent one month with the Washington Redskins midway through this season before being released.
Starks injured his knee in Sunday's game, but, the next day, coach Mike McCarthy didn't sound worried about it.
"We have a couple guys that are being evaluated," McCarthy said Monday. "Nothing of serious nature."
Starks has been impressing McCarthy lately and scored on a 22-yard run Sunday.
"I liked what James Starks did; I thought he stepped up," McCarthy said after the game. "I thought James was a little cut above today and thats why I went with him in the fourth quarter."
The Packers' 20th-ranked rushing offense will have to get by the rest of this season with Grant, second-year running back Alex Green -- who leads the team in rushing with 360 yards -- and fullback John Kuhn. Green Bay used Benson as its starter for the first five games before he suffered a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury. Green then became the starter before McCarthy began splitting carries evenly most weeks between Green and Starks.
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