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Running backs in battle for spots and carries tonight against Denver

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On Aug. 26 the NFL requires that all teams meet the 75-man roster limit which means tonight's (Friday) game against Denver could be big for the Green Bay running backs looking for the No. 2 and No. 3 slots.

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Despite not being on the field yet, Ryan Grant has the Packers No. 1 position locked up.

The obvious choice for the No. 2 spot would be Brandon Jackson who has taken the bulk of the carries in the preseason because of Grant's holdout and then hamstring injury.

In those touches Jackson has looked solid and seems to be catching on to the quick-decisive cuts needed in the zone blocking scheme used by the Packers

So the real battle may be for No. 3.

Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy says the running back competition is all about getting repetitions and live carries in the game.

The coach said so far he's been impressed with Vernand Morency.

"Vernand Morency is healthy. Frankly, I think this is the best he's looked since he's been here," said McCarthy.

He also noted that Noah Herron has been strong after spending last year on injured reserve. McCarthy is also pleased with the progress of free-agent rookie Kregg Lumpkin from Georgia.

"Lumpkin just keeps improving every opportunity he gets. That's all you can ask for, especially for young players in training camp." McCarthy said.

So it appears the man on the bubble is DeShawn Wynn, who like Herron spent most of last season on injured reserve and is again battling injury in training camp.

"DeShawn Wynn and a number of guys that are on an injury list that is short-term is definitely an uphill battle because the cuts are coming up after Denver and then again obviously next week after Tennessee," McCarthy said.

Wynn knows he's on the bubble and is trying to maintain a positive attitude about his chances.

"I'm still here and I've still got a lot to prove to my coaches and my teammates and I've got another week to work hard before any decisions are made," Wynn said.

The second-year pro said he knows it's hard to get noticed if you can't practice or if you're not playing, but said he's ready to show he can produce.

"I just want to go out there and go as hard as I can and let the coaches make the decisions off of that," he added.

Although Grant is almost back from nursing a hamstring injury, he won't be on the field tonight. That means the opportunity is still there for the other backs to break out.

The Denver-Green Bay will start at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the Packer statewide network and be broadcast on the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Team wants answer from county

Some Brown County leaders are dragging their feet over a plan to make changes at Ray Nitschke Field.

The Packers want to move their practice field and build new bleachers. The current field would be used as a parking lot. The team says this would make it safer for fans to watch those practices when they don't have to stand and they can be farther away from street traffic.

Members of the county board say this is too big of a decision to make it so quickly. The Packers need the answer by next month so construction can be done before next year's training camp opens.

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