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If Grant is gone, Green must step up

May 29, 2012 -- 9:29am

GREEN BAY –  Aaron Rodgers is still holding out hope that his friend and longtime Green Bay Packers backfield mate, Ryan Grant, is back with the team in 2012.

But it’s not looking good.

Grant’s agent, Alan Herman, said over the Memorial Day weekend that there has been no communication from the Packers on his client, and at the first organized team activity practice of the offseason, Grant’s locker had been given away.

While no player on the roster is currently wearing his No. 25, his locker, which is at the entryway to the showers and rehabilitation area, had been given to wide receiver Diondre Borel. During the team’s rookie orientation camp, Grant’s name plate was still above his locker.

“I love Ryan. Ryan’s been a great teammate, a great player for the Packers,” Rodgers said last week. “Those aren’t my decisions to make. But we’d welcome him back with open arms. He’s a great teammate, a great friend and been a great Packer.”

The Packers return to OTA practices on Wednesday, the first of three practices this week. OTAs then wrap up next week with four workouts before the team’s mandatory minicamp June 12-14. 

Grant, who accepted a $1 million pay cut last August to return, remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after receiving interest from the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions. Second-year back Alex Green, who missed most of last season with a knee injury and isn’t participating in OTAs, spoke as if the group doesn’t expect Grant to return.

“He’s a great leader and things like that. Now, it’s our turn to take over,” Green said. “We’ve got to step up in the meeting room and take charge, and take pride on the field and show the coaches that they can trust us.”

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