Grant Relishes Competition

Sick of the lockout? As usual, we have your fix of real football. Ryan Grant, who says his ankle is healthy, isn't fazed by the new look of the Packers' backfield or the possibility of a smaller role.

Ever since he burst onto the scene midway through the Green Bay Packers' run to the NFC Championship Game in 2007, Ryan Grant has been the team's undisputed workhorse ball-carrier.

With 782 carries spanning the 2007 through 2009 seasons, only one Packers running back had carried the mail more often during a three-year stretch in franchise history: bullish John Brockington almost 40 years earlier.

That figures to change during the upcoming season. During Grant's absence from a season-ending ankle injury sustained in the opener at Philadelphia, James Starks emerged as a potential starting-caliber running back. Plus, Hawaii's Alex Green was drafted in the third round, Brandon Jackson would handle third down if he's re-signed and John Kuhn proved to be a remarkably versatile role player.

Grant doesn't care about any of that.

"That's part of the game," Grant told Packer Report on Sunday at Donald Driver's softball game. "I want to win, and as long as those guys are in for winning and trying to make this team better, I'm all for it."

Grant has always been all about winning. Ridiculously underappreciated as a two-time 1,200-yard runner who fumbled about as often as the sun rises in the west, Grant was arguably the team's hardest worker on the practice field. No matter the heat and the humidity during training camp, Grant would get the ball and sprint 50, 60 or 70 yards to the end zone every time he touched the ball.

It was that work ethic that made Grant so durable and so effective, despite the heavy workload. That all ended just as he got hot in the second quarter at Philadelphia. He suffered ligament damage when Eagles safety Quintin Mikell fell on Grant's right leg while making a tackle.

Grant said he's been feeling great since the Super Bowl and would be able to play if the Packers were playing this week. Nonetheless, he said he would have been held out of organized team activities and the minicamp had they not been postponed by the lockout.

Grant, who was born in New Jersey and makes his offseason home in Edgewater, N.J., lives near several members of the New York Giants. So, he's been working out with some of the Giants, including catching passes from Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Grant will get his Super Bowl ring on June 16. And while he wasn't a big factor for the team because of the injury, it doesn't make the moment any less sweet — or make him any less hungry.

"It still feels good to be a part of something special and watch my guys work," he said. "It just lets me know that all my goals are still ahead of me. There's only one thing that could have been better, and that's winning the Super Bowl as a player. I'll just continue to work hard and continue to lead that backfield and help this team win."

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