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Fumble, fumble, rush for 1 yard, ankle injury.

Talk about a disaster of an NFL debut.

That was Green Bay Packers rookie running back Devante Mays’ line from his first chance to play from scrimmage in Sunday’s shutout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The bum ankle, which was revealed when he showed up on Wednesday’s injury report, added injury to insult.

The thing is, the Packers might need him again this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers are likely to be without their top-two running backs again this week. Leading rusher Aaron Jones (ankle) injury is out for sure, while the No. 2 man Ty Montgomery (ribs) did not practice again on Wednesday.

That leaves Jamaal Williams as the starter and Mays as the backup — if coach Mike McCarthy can trust him, that is. McCarthy admitted after the game he “lost confidence” in Mays.

“I’ve just got to show them that they can count on me,” Mays said Wednesday. “I know that they were counting on me, and I didn’t step up like I wanted to. This game, I’m going to do a better job of that.”

It was all new territory for Mays, the fumbling and the questions that inevitably followed. After the game, he sat shell-shocked in his locker and declined to answer questions.

The seventh-round pick finally was ready to address it three days after he fumbled on his first two NFL carries. Mays said he never fumbled in his two years at Utah State, where he carried 202 times. As a pro, he has two fumbles (one lost) in three carries.

“The first time, it was just not knowing the play, really, what the play was,” Mays said. “It was just everything wasn’t right on that, and then second time it was just my fault. I’ve just got to put two hands on the ball, and I know that it’s my job to take care of the ball. Just got to do a better job at that.”

Mays said he thought the first play was a handoff but instead it was a toss play, so he was off kilter from the start.

“Initially I went down when I was supposed to be going out for the toss, so that’s what happened with that one,” he said. “It was a mistake on my part with the handoff. Because if I would’ve took the right path, I wouldn’t have been there, and it wouldn’t have happened. The guy got his arm in there. And the second one, I really don’t know what happened there.”

After the game, Mays received consolation from Jones and several other players but sat in his locker with his uniform on while most other players had already showered and changed.

“Like after, I was just shocked,” Mays said. “I couldn’t believe it happened.”

Mays was back on the practice field Wednesday, although he was a limited participant because of the ankle injury.

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Devante Mays doesn’t need to look any further than his own position group to understand how an NFL player must keep himself ready to play even when he’s not playing.Fellow Green Bay Packers rookie running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have excelled at doing that, and it might be Mays’ turn this week.

Jones was inactive for Week 1, didn’t touch the ball until Week 4 and is now the team’s leading rusher. Williams began the season as the backup and then slipped to No. 3 on the depth chart only to find himself as the No. 1 back again last Sunday after Jones hurt his knee and Ty Montgomery reinjured his broken ribs.

With Jones out 3-6 weeks and Montgomery’s status up in the air this week, Mays could be the primary backup to Williams on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s a big jump for a player who has been inactive four times this season and has yet to play on offense let alone actually carry the ball.

“I think it’s important for all your young guys to get ready,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s tough. You make the team, then you’re not getting the reps with the game-plan reps getting ready for games. Next thing you know, you’re in there. He’ll be ready. Jamaal is definitely ready, and we’re going to need everybody, especially in that room.”

If nothing else, Mays should play a significant role on special teams since Williams likely will be taken off those units to save him for his work on offense. Williams, who rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries against the Bears, was given a game ball — but it was for his play on special teams.

“Obviously, he probably won’t get quite as many reps now because the running back situation, but that’s what it is,” special teams coach Ron Zook said of Williams. “That’s the National Football League, and the way it is. You’ve got to have the next guy up. Like I told Mays, I said, ‘Hey, now it’s going to hopefully be your job, your turn to do the same thing next week.’”

The Packers drafted three running backs — Williams in the fourth round, Jones in the fifth and Mays in the seventh — after the position was riddled with injuries last year, which prompted Montgomery’s switch from receiver. General manager Ted Thompson kept all three on the roster even though their production in the preseason was minimal. Williams averaged just 2.4 yards per carry and Mays 2.7 in the preseason. Only Jones, at 5.5 yards per rush, showed much.

With Montgomery’s status up in the air — McCarthy said he’s hopeful that he will be available this week but wouldn’t know for sure until he seems if he can practice — the Packers could be looking at a Williams-Mays running back combination, which is why Mays must be ready.