Kregg Lumpkin's string of hard luck with injuries will cause him to miss the remainder of the season. The rookie running back was placed on injured reserve on Saturday with a hamstring injury, according to a release by the Packers. To take Lumpkin's place on the roster, the Packers signed running back DeShawn Wynn from the practice squad.
Wynn (5-10, 238) played in seven games as a rookie last season for the Packers, including four starts. He rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns on 50 carries, but was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury on Oct. 30.
Wynn was beaten out for a roster spot by Lumpkin in training camp this season. Lumpkin played in two games this season for the Packers. In a Week 2 game at Detroit, Lumpkin made his NFL debut with a 19-yard rush on his only carry in a Packers’ victory. He also caught three passes for 22 yards, including a 12-yard gain on a screen pass down to Detroit’s 8-yard line to help set up a score.
Lumpkin, who led the team in rushing during the preseason with 153 yards on 38 carries (4.0 avg.) and a touchdown, was activated again for the Packers’ Week 3 showdown against the Dallas Cowboys but had to leave the game after injuring his hamstring.
Lumpkin returned to practice this week, looked strong and said he was ready to contribute. But he took a step backward after practicing on Wednesday and Thursday because he was held out of practice on Friday.
Lumpkin has had a history of injuries while at the University of Georgia. A hamstring injury caused him to miss the first two games of his freshman season. Later in the season he sustained a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss more games and affect his productivity.
As he prepared for his sophomore season in the offseason of 2004, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which shelved him for that season. Lumpkin gradually worked his way in the starting lineup for the Bulldogs in 2006 and finished with 798 yards rushing and six touchdowns. But just when it seemed he was on track for a big senior season in 2007, he broke his thumb in the season opener, then dealt with knee and ankle injuries later in the season. He only had 12 carries for 44 yards and two receptions for 13 yards. He finished with 1,699 yards on 352 carries with 17 total touchdowns (14 rushing, 3 receiving). It was a far cry from the numbers he racked up while at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., when he rushed for 2,088 yards as a junior, including 13 consecutive 100 yard games and 25 touchdowns. Still, the Packers signed him to a free agent contract in late April.
Now he will have to wait until next off-season to prove that he belongs on the team on a regular basis.