The Green Bay Packers took a chance by keeping just two running backs on the roster to start the season, and after one game have lost the most important one for the entire season.
Ryan Grant – who piled up 1,200 yards in each of the past two seasons – injured his right ankle in the Packers’ 27-20 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday when safety Quintin Mikell tackled him from behind and landed with his full weight on Grant’s ankle.
According to an NFL source, Grant tore the ligament that holds the two ankle bones together and will require surgery to insert screws to hold it in place. Grant also suffered a slight fracture of the upper fibula.
The Packers filled Grant’s roster spot by signing rookie Dimitri Nance off Atlanta’s practice squad.
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The Packers go into Sunday’s home opener against Buffalo with Brandon Jackson in Grant’s starting position and fullback John Kuhn and Nance as backups.
The Denver Broncos obtained running back Laurence Maroney from the New England Patriots, adding a nicked-up player to a rushing attack burdened by injuries.
Each team received an undisclosed 2011 draft pick in the deal. The trade is pending a physical examination.
The Patriots gave up on Maroney after he failed to emerge as a solid No. 1 back since being drafted out of Minnesota. He was inactive with a thigh injury for Sunday’s win over Cincinnati.
Denver’s backfield has been in flux since starter Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and backup Correll Buckhalter (back) were injured in training camp.
Outspoken Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis had plenty to say on the radio Tuesday about women reporters in NFL locker rooms.
The league swiftly condemned his comments as inappropriate and offensive, and Portis issued an apology through the Redskins.
Addressing the NFL’s investigation of the New York Jets’ treatment of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz, Portis said both sides have wandering eyes in such a setting.
“I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman,” Portis said on 106.7 The Fan.
The Jets are being investigated by the NFL after a few players made catcalls directed at Sainz on Saturday while she was waiting to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer will miss the rest of the season after the Bears put him on injured reserve because of a concussion he sustained in the preseason. … The Browns provided no medical update on QB Jake Delhomme’s “twisted up” right ankle – but are expected to do so today. … Patriots receiver Randy Moss clarified his comments about not feeling appreciated, saying he wants a better contract. Moss is making $6.4 million for 2010. … Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his surgically repaired left knee Monday against Baltimore. … Dolphins rookie defensive end Jared Odrick is expected to miss one or two games with a slight hairline fracture in his right leg. … Kansas City president Denny Thum has stepped down, ending 36 years of employment with the Chiefs. The club said chairman Clark Hunt has added the title of chief executive officer, putting him in charge.