GREEN BAY – Ryan Grant is back.
The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms with the veteran running back Wednesday morning, and he should be on the practice field with his new/old teammates later.
UPDATE: The Packers announced Grant's signing later Wednesday morning. To make room for Grant on the roster, the team placed running back Johnny White on season-ending injured reserve with the concussion he suffered Nov. 25 against the New York Giants.
Grant, who played for the Packers from 2007 through 2011 but was not re-signed after last season, flew into Green Bay on Tuesday night, worked out for the team Wednesday morning and agreed to terms shortly thereafter.
“It’s a GO!” Grant said in a text message. “I’m signing.”
Grant, the franchise's fifth-leading all-time rusher, played in 15 games with the Packers last season, rushing 134 times for 559 yards (4.4-yard average) and two touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 268 yards including an 80-yard touchdown. He shared time with James Starks, who suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s victory over Minnesota that could end his season and apparently led to Grant’s signing.
Grant worked out for the New England Patriots this summer and was also courted by the Detroit Lions but never signed with either team. He joined the Washington Redskins and played in one game, rushing once for 5 yards in a Week 5 loss to Atlanta. He worked out for his other former team, the New York Giants, last week but was not signed.
Grant, acquired from the Giants for a sixth-round pick before the start of the 2007 season, took over as the Packers’ starting running back midway through that season and rushed for 956 yards and eight touchdowns that year. He put together back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons in 2008 and 2009 – his best year coming in 2009, when he ran 282 times for 1,253 yards and 11 TDs – but suffered a lower leg injury in the 2010 regular-season opener at Philadelphia and missed the rest of the team’s run to the Super Bowl XLV title.
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