Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant left Sunday’s game with the Denver Broncos in an ambulance and suffered a bruised kidney. Despite the injury, Grant said he wants to play against Denver but fantasy football fans shouldn’t expect to see him on the field in Week 4.
“I feel fine,” said Grant, won ran for 92-yards in the Packers’ 27-17 victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday. “I guess that doesn’t mean anything.”
It shouldn’t mean anything. The Broncos have one of the worst defenses in the NFL and there is no reason for a team as talented as Green Bay to send Grant out there while he is still injured.
Besides, for the Packers as well as fantasy football fans, James Starks waits in the wings. In the first two games of 2011, Grant ran for 65 yards on 15 carries while Starks ran for 142 yards on 21 carries. While Grant had his best game of the season in Week 3, it is Sparks who looks like the better back for the Packers this year, much like he was in their 2010 Super Bowl run.
“What happens a lot of times when you have injuries and then players are trying to get ready to play, they’re of the opinion they’ll be ready to go by Sunday,” McCarthy said. “Our medical staff is not of the same opinion.”
Even if Grant started, he still would be someone fantasy football owners should avoid.
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