The Green Bay Packers' woes at running back took another downturn Tuesday when Travis Jervey was lost for the season with a broken left ankle.
Jervey got hurt in Monday's 27-20 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh in a game in which the Packers (6-3) rushed for only 39 yards. Jervey started five games, replacing Dorsey Levens, who broke his right leg Sept. 13 against Tampa Bay.
Coach Mike Holmgren said the team hopes to have Levens back in December. Levens is expected to start running on a limited basis in practice this week.
Surgery will be needed to repair Jervey's broken bone, Holmgren said.
Jervey, a fourth-year pro from The Citadel, rushed for a team-leading 325 yards in 83 attempts and one touchdown.
He had a breakout game Nov. 1 in a victory over San Francisco, gaining 95 yards on 17 carries and scoring his first NFL touchdown.
| Green Bay's ground game took another hit with the loss of Travis Jervey Monday night against the Steelers. (AP) |
Holmes, a fourth-year pro, has yet to carry the ball for the Packers after being acquired from Buffalo, where a year ago he played in 13 games, but carried only 22 times for 106 yards.
Jervey, a Pro Bowl selection a year ago as a special teams player, became the Packers' starter after Harris, a fifth-year pro acquired as a free agent, was ineffective.
Harris gained 1,033 yards in 13 games for the Chicago Bears last season, but injuries kept him out of 22 of 48 games his three previous years.
On Monday against Pittsburgh, Harris scored a touchdown, but he finished with minus-2 yards on five carries.
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