Packers RB situation has no workhorse
Sept 22, 2010 ~ by Jason Wilde
~There was no missing the excitement in Brandon Jackson’s voice last Wednesday afternoon.
The Green Bay Packers No. 2 running back certainly wasn’t rejoicing in the misfortune of starter Ryan Grant, his teammate and friend who had been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a right ankle injury suffered in the Sept. 12 regular-season opener at Philadelphia.
Virtually every backup says that he doesn’t want to get his opportunity because of an injury to the starter, and while it is sometimes mere lip service, Jackson clearly felt bad for Grant, who ruptured a ligament in his ankle that would require surgical repair.
“My prayers go out to RG,” Jackson said, “but we’ve got to keep moving.”
And having earned the starting running back job as a rookie second-round pick in 2007 – only to lose it three games into the season because of a shin injury, then return to action after Grant had staked his claim to the job – Jackson was downright thrilled with the chance to be the every-down back again for the team.
Or so he thought.
“Coaches always say, if you’re not the starter you’re always one play away. It took two-and-a-half, three years for that to happen again. I’m prepared,” Jackson said. “It’s exciting, knowing that you’re going to get 18 to 20 carries.”
Except Jackson didn’t get 18 to 20 carries in Sunday’s 34-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills – he got 11, for a whopping 29 yards (2.6-yard average) including a 1-yard touchdown. And according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Jackson shouldn’t expect an 18- to 20-carry game anytime soon.
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