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Ahman Green says he's ready to go

Ahman Green says he's ready physically, but it will still be a week or two before he can play in a game.

The 11-year NFL veteran rejoined the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, almost a year after a knee injury ended his the last of his two seasons with the Houston Texans.

He said the injury was not as bad as the Texans had claimed he did not need surgery and he's been working himself into playing shape.

Green signed a one-year contract. He played for the Packers from 2000-06. Green ran for a team-record 1,883 yards in 2003, and he needs just 46 yards to surpass Jim Taylor as Green Bay's all-time leading rusher.

The Packers needed a back-up running back after DeShawn Wynn went out for the year with a knee injury.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Green will improve the running backs as a whole and he'll provide veteran leadership, similar to tackle Mark Tauscher who re-joined the Packers last week.

Ryan Grant has been getting 88 percent of the carries at running back, and that number is expected to go down as the season wears on.

Meanwhile, center Jason Spitz missed practice with the lower back spasms that caused him to miss last week's win over Detroit.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was listed as having a foot problem.

But he fully took part in Wednesday's practice, and said he would be OK. The Packers play at Cleveland on Sunday.