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Ryan Grant Says Ndamukong Suh’s Two-Game Suspension is ‘Absurd’

As you have probably heard by now, Ndamukong Suh received a two-game suspension from the NFL for stomping on an opponent during the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving.  The suspension comes as no surprise, as Suh is a repeat offender who has been warned by the league on several occasions.  The fact that the Lions defensive tackle hasn’t learned to control his temper could be extremely costly for the team’s playoff hopes.  Despite that, Packers running back Ryan Grant does not believe the punishment fits the crime.

“I think that’s old news for us, but I don’t know, I sort of thought it was going to be a little bit longer,” Grant told WSSP in Milwaukee according to Sports Radio Interviews. “But at the end of the day, do I think it needs to be longer? Yeah, I do. I think it’s absurd. It was about as overboard as you can get what he did; it’s just not football. Can’t have that. It was ridiculous, and it’s not something you want to see regardless. I’m not a fan of the apology, I’m not a fan of what he said. Anybody in hindsight can say all that, but we’re talking about something that’s not exactly a first occurrence.”

Many believe Suh got off easy when you consider the fact that Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games for stomping on an opponent back in 2006.  That being said, the suspension will definitely sting for Detroit.  They are in the hunt for a wild card berth and need all the help they can get with their defense having struggled as of late.

I suppose Grant has a point if you compare Suh to Haynesworth, but the situation has a lot to do with it.  A two-game suspension at this point should be enough to hurt Suh and his teammates, which should send a fairly strong message.

James Starks Has Surpassed Ryan Grant as Packers’ Primary Back

The reports throughout Packers training camp said James Starks looked significantly better than Ryan Grant. On Thursday night, that assertion was evident for anyone who watched the game.

The Packers let Ryan Grant carry the ball their first two offensive series and then he was hardly heard from. It was almost as if they were giving him the courtesy start, knowing fully well that he wasn’t going to carry the load. James Starks came in and looked better. The highlight was Starks’ 17-yard touchdown run towards the end of the second quarter when he spun off tacklers and ran physically.

Ryan Grant was once a very effective rusher for the Packers. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2007 and 4.4 in 2009. But since getting hurt in the season-opener last year, he has come back a step slower. Grant was able to break a tackle on one run, but for the most part he looked slow and unable to shake the first tackler. Unbiased eyes would tell you that Starks just looked like the better back. There is little doubt the Packers’ coaches will see the same thing on tape. Matter of fact, they saw the same thing during the game and gave Starks 12 carries to Grant’s nine.

Most people who have Ryan Grant on their fantasy team likely took him to be their second running back. Those owners will be disappointed all season. Grant is at best a flex option, and his fantasy appeal is unlikely to improve. Starks has more appeal, but even he is not a great option because he has to share carries. At least he is a much better flex play than Grant going forward.

Ryan Grant Out for the Season for GB

Football is a game of injuries and the NFL is a league of attrition. After only one week in the season, many players are already hurt and we have learned that Packers running back Ryan Grant falls in that group.

FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer says Ryan Grant is out for the season because of right leg and ankle injuries. Grant got hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s season opener against the Packers and was in a walking boot after the game. The fourth-year running back from Notre Dame had picked up 45 yards on eight carries prior to the injury.

What makes this news especially surprising is that Grant has been a model of health and consistency in the past. Over the last three years, Grant had missed just one game. Now he gets hurt in the opener and is out for the season.

Backup running back Brandon Jackson becomes an instant pickup in fantasy football and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers bring in some more backs for a look. Though the passing game is what drives Green Bay’s offense, the loss of Grant will hurt the team.

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Packers’ Grant out for season [Jay Glazer/FOX Sports]