Former Packer returns at RB, Larrivee says team 'can't afford another injury' there

CREATED Dec. 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec. 5, 2012

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have added a former leading rusher back to their roster.  The team has brought back Ryan Grant.

He could play part of the role with the reported season-ending knee injury to James Starks, though the Packers have not placed him on injured reserve.  He has platooned at the running back position in recent weeks with Alex Green.

The Packers cleared roster space by putting running back Johnny White on injured reserve.

Grant spent five years in Green Bay and rushed for 3,453 yards in his best seasons with the Packers, 2007-09.

He suffered an injury during the Packers' 2010 championship season, then spent a short time with the Washington Redskins.

Larrivee: Packers 'can't afford' another RB injury

With initially unconfirmed reports that Starks may be out for the year after a knee injury in the Packers' 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers are very thin at the running back position. 

"They can't afford another injury at that position," said Newsradio 620 WTMJ Voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee on "Wisconsin's Morning News" on Wednesday.

If Starks cannot play, all that's left behind Green and Grant is DuJuan Harris after the placement of White on injured reserve.

Larrivee explained that the injury Starks reportedly suffered wasn't very obvious.

"There was a point in the game where he suffered an injury, but he went back into the game."

The injury is the latest in a series of ailments that has beleaguered Starks in his three-year career in Green Bay.

"I feel for the kid, if he's got to be out for the rest of the season...every time he starts to get it going, he gets injured," said Larrivee.

"He's the most accomplished.  I think Alex Green has great potential, but he's learning.  He's learning how to run at this level."

Green joined with Starks in helping the Packers reach 152 yards rushing in the win over the Vikings, but Green is not known as a tough, between-the-tackles runner.

"If they swing the ball to him and he's in space, he makes a guy miss and explodes down the sidelines.  He's got to learn how to run the football from scrimmage between the tackles.  The more accomplished between the two is Starks."