Packers sign Dimitri Nance to make up for loss of Ryan Grant

The Green Bay Packers didn’t waste any time in addressing Ryan Grant’s standing on the roster and finding a replacement, at least one for right now.

The club announced this afternoon that running back Dimitri Nance and defensive end Jarius Wynn have been signed to take the place of Grant and defensive end Justin Harrell, who have been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Nance was signed off the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons. He had joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in the spring and rushed for 795 yards and six touchdowns with the Sun Devils last year.

Wynn was one of the team’s final cuts to 53 earlier this month. He was a sixth-round draft pick last year when he appeared in 11 games.

“These are unfortunate injuries for our team,” Green Bay GM Ted Thompson said in a release, “but we all know football is a tough game.

“It’s difficult when you lose players to injury. We felt like Justin was going to make a contribution to our team. The timing of his injury and the way it occurred was unfortunate.

“When you lose a running back of Ryan’s caliber, it’s a big loss. But this is something we have to deal with and move forward from as a team. We have confidence that our other players will step up and meet the challenge of these losses.

“Our medical people will do a great job with Justin and Ryan, and we expect each to make a full recovery from their injuries.”

Like Grant, Harrell suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s victory at Philadelphia.

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