Three and out: Packers backfield is split

Greetings and salutations on a Tuesday, let’s look at some of the biggest news of the day.

The Packers going 50-50: The Packers are looking to give Ryan Grant and James Starks an equal share of the carries on Thursday night, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. And now fantasy enthusiasts can add Mike McCarthy to the list of coaches who have wronged them. The Packers plan on going with the “hot hand,” but the gut-feel here is that the Packers are just trying to be polite with Grant and that Starks eventually wins this competition in the long run. Neither, however, is a good start for Thursday’s game.

Colts get offensive starter back at practice: Good news Colts fans, one of your offensive starters has returned to practice. Too bad it is Austin Collie and not Peyton Manning. Collie returned to practice on Monday, but do not expect big things from him. Guys like Collie and Pierre Garcon have thrived under Manning, who has shown a trust in the younger players — but if Kerry Collins starts Week 1, expect him to lean on veterans like Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. One more note, Anthony Gonzalez did not start.

Beanie will be the bell cow: The fear was that the Cardinals brought in Chester Taylor to sneak some carries away from Beanie Wells, but Darren Urban writes on the Cardinals’ web site that Taylor’s veteran leadership is more valuable than his contributions on the field. Good news for those who believe — like I do — that Wells can be a breakout running back this season.

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