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Running game doesn't add up
Change is inevitable.
That axiom applies to all walks of life, including football. When change comes, uncertainty is its shadow.
And so it is with the Packers' running game. Last season, Ryan Grant passed such luminaries as Paul Hornung, Clarke Hinkle and Dorsey Levens to move into fifth place on the franchise's career rushing list with 4,016 yards. This season, Grant is out of work and the Packers are going with the unheralded group of James Starks, Alex Green, Brandon Saine and John Kuhn.
Just how unheralded is that group? Check out these four killer statistics:
— Who is the Packers' active leader in career rushing yards? That would be Aaron Rodgers. Not only that, but Rodgers has more career rushing yards than all of the Packers' backs combined. Rodgers enters this season with 1,183 rushing yards. Starks (679), Kuhn (405), Saine (69) and Green (11) have a combined 1,164 yards.
— Rodgers enters this season with 16 career rushing touchdowns. Again, that's more than all of the Packers' backs, with Kuhn (10) and Starks (one) combining for 11.
— B.J. Raji (one) has as many rushing touchdowns as Starks, Green and Saine.
— Grant rushed for 1,253 yards in 2008 and 1,203 yards in 2007. Again, that's more than all of the running backs combined.
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