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Oct. 15, 2012 Issue

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Ryan Grant Finds A New Home In Washington IRISH IN THE PROS BY WES MORGAN leased by Green Bay following last season, signed a one-year deal with Washington Sept. 25 worth an estimated $1.2 million. The day before, Grant worked out for the Chi- cago Bears after visiting the Detroit Lions the previous week. "I was on my way to the Green Bay Packers, former Notre Dame run- ning back Ryan Grant went the first month of the 2012-13 campaign without a job. Now he's second on the depth chart for a Washington Redskins organization trying to win an NFC East title. Grant, who was re- A fter five seasons and a Super Bowl win with Grant — who signed a one- year, $1.2 million deal with the Redskins — ran for 4,016 yards and 25 touchdowns for Green Bay from 2007-11. PHOTO COURTESY WASHINGTON REDSKINS do a physical in Chi- cago," Grant told ESPN Sept. 25. "Agreed to Washington. Told the driver to turn around and take me to the air- port." The 29-year-old put up 1,203 yards in 2008 and rushed for 1,253 the following year for the Packers. An ankle injury in the 2010 regular-sea- son opener shelved him for the year as the team went on to beat the Pitts- burgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. Shar- ing carries with James Starks last season, Grant rushed for 559 yards. The Redskins needed a backup to Alfred Morris with Evan Royster still dealing with a strained right patella tendon and Roy Helu Jr. nursing a left foot injury. "This time of year you need guys that have a little bit of experience, are mentally pretty sharp," Washington head coach Mike Shana- han told ESPN. "I think he's a guy in a couple of weeks time probably could learn the system fairly quickly and help us." Grant said he chose Washington over Chi- cago for many reasons, including the opportu- nity to work with rookie quarterback Robert Grif- fin III. "RG3, No. 1, is super talented," Grant told the Washington Post. "I think he opens things up for an offense. He makes things exciting. With Coach Shanahan, his track record speaks for itself. I like what they do offensively, and what they're trying to do. I think this team has a lot of promise." gio Brown registered his first two tackles of the season in a 22-17 loss to Jacksonville Sept. 23. • Denver Broncos safety David • Indianapolis Colts safety Ser- NFL NOTES Through Oct. 4

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