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Packers notes: Grant says ankle injury 'not too major'

Packers notes: Grant says ankle injury 'not too major'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant was just getting rolling when he injured his right ankle midway through the second quarter.

Grant, who is coming off back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons, opened the Packers' fifth possession of Sunday's 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field with runs of 13, 8 and 18 yards. But he was injured on the last one and didn't return.

"I don't think it's too major," said Grant, who returned to the sidelines wearing a protective boot. "We'll see how it goes. But if you look at my track record, I don't miss too many games."

Grant had just six yards after his first five carries. But then he started to find some holes to kickstart an 11-play, 76-yard drive that took 5 minutes, 33 seconds off the clock and ended in a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Donald Driver that gave the Packers a 10-3 lead.

Grant just wishes he would have been able to finish what he started on that drive.

"I was getting ready to kick their butt," said Grant, who finished with 45 yards on eight carries. "I wanted to go back in the game. I'm going to do everything -- trust me -- to get back on that field and help this team win."

Brandon Jackson replaced Grant and had 63 yards on 18 carries.

"He broke some tackles," Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said of Jackson, who had an 18-yard run during a touchdown drive in the third quarter. "That's what it's all about when you're playing that position, breaking some tackles and making some things happen."

Grant and Jackson are the only true tailbacks on the Packers' 53-man roster, which also includes three fullbacks. One of those fullbacks -- John Kuhn -- spelled Jackson during the second half and had two carries for 15 yards and a touchdown.

Protection issues

There was a flashback to 2009 in the first half. Not a good flashback, either.

The Packers, who allowed 51 sacks last season, allowed three in the first half. Rodgers was knocked down a few other times.

Right tackle Mark Tauscher was responsible for two of the sacks and left guard Daryn Colledge the other.

"I'm not worried," Rodgers said. "The only thing that worries you a little bit is it was their four-man rush. We were worried a little bit about their pressure schemes and playing on the road. I'm not one to make a bunch of protection adjustments, I'm just trying to get the ball out hot and they sacked us three times in their base defense. That's disappointing. But I didn't play well, we didn't get into a rhythm on offense and we've got to clean those things up."

Extra points

The Eagles lost four starters to injuries: Kolb; linebacker Stewart Bradley (concussion); center Jamaal Jackson, who tore his biceps; and fullback Leonard Weaver, who likely tore his ACL and is lost for the season. ... The Eagles had 10 penalties for 80 yards compared to two for 15 yards for the Packers. ... Cornerback Brandon Underwood, who was inactive and is out with a shoulder injury, changed his number from 33 to 28.


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What: Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers

When: Sept. 19, noon

Where: Lambeau Field

TV: CBS (WISC/Ch. 3)

Radio: WIBA-FM/101.5 and AM/1310 with Wayne Larivee and Larry McCarren

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