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Green Bay Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy says most of his starters will have about 10 plays in Thursday night's exhibition finale against Tennessee at home.

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That includes running back Ryan Grant, who's anxious to get his first action of the pre-season after a contract hold-out and a strained hamstring.

"If he comes in tomorrow (Wednesday) and everything is good as far as his health and how he responds to today's (Tuesday's) practice, he'll go as long as the first group goes," McCarthy told reporters following Tuesday's practice.

McCarthy promises to be more selective in using Grant this season, saying there won't be as many games in which he carries the ball 30 times.

The coach says 20 carries a game is about right, plus some screen passes.

McCarthy is afraid of overusing Grant, thus risking an early end to his career.

Running backs only average 2.6 years in the NFL, less than the league-wide average of 3.5. Grant is entering his second full NFL campaign, after rushing for 956 yards in the latter half of the 2007 regular season.

QB Backups

For now, at least, rookie quarterbacks Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn are the back-ups to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

McCarthy says he's pleased with the progress both players have made and he believes they'll only get better.

At practice Monday, Brohm and Flynn both threw numerous interceptions against a scout team that was running a defensive scheme of the Tennessee Titans.

McCarthy plans to give lots of playing time to both rookie QB's against the Titans.

Packers' General manager Ted Thompson says he has no plans to acquire a more experienced back-up, but that could change, depending on who gets cut when N-F-L teams set their final regular season rosters.

Meanwhile, Tony Moll is expected to be the Packers' starting right guard when the season begins. Rookie Josh Sitton is out with a sprained left knee and his agent says he'll be out for about a month.

Daryn Colledge is said to have slim lead over Allen Barbre for the starting job at left guard.

Packers' defensive tackle Justin Harrell has had successful back surgery. He's on the physically unable to perform list, which keeps him out at least six weeks.

The Packers will take on the Titans Thursday night with a 6 p.m. game time. The game will be televised on Packers statewide network and will be broadcast on the Wisconsin radio network.

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