Packers News: Benson could be out eight weeks

Cedric Benson will likely be out at least eight weeks
Cedric Benson will likely be out at least eight weeks
Cedric Benson will likely be out at least eight weeks

At halftime of Monday night’s game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Packers running back Cedric Benson could miss eight weeks.

Earlier in the day, head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t reveal much about the severity of the injury to Benson’s foot, but Schefter suggested it’s a Lisfranc injury. Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes suffered a similar injury, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.

The Packers currently have three running backs on their roster in Alex Green, James Starks and Brandon Saine.

It’s much too early to tell whether or not the Packers will bring in a veteran running back to fill Benson’s shoes, but the top available free agents include Tim Hightower, Steve Slaton and Joseph Addai.

McCarthy suggested that Green, Starks and Saine would each get an opportunity to play next Sunday at Houston. We’ll know much more about the Packers’ running back situation following their first full game without Benson.


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  • Dan

    This team needs to run the ball more and now we lose our top back……not good

  • frozentundra91

    Green was a great back during his college days for Hawaii and we took him in the third round for a reason. He has been recovering from his ACL tear and he appears to be very strong. Hopefully McCarthy gives him a chance to get some meaningful touches and get in a rhythm.

    • babyface53

      Totally agree.

  • Mojo

    Sounds like a good candidate for the new IR rule if you can do it inseason.

  • Bearmeat

    Not good. This team just can’t catch a break. Either this upcoming game will be the kill shot or GB will turn it around (circa 2010) and be lethal the rest of the year.

  • Dan

    Is there any chance of Jennings playing this week? We could really use him

  • Michael

    We could use Cullin Jenkins too!!

  • Michael

    7+mil a year for Yotto oh no, n cannot give give Cullin Jenkins 4-5 mil?

    • Chad Toporski

      That’s an average, not what Finley is actually making this year. They can dump him before the big payout next year.

  • Chad Lundberg

    This will force the Packers to have to use the Backs that they already have. Call me delusional or over-optimistic, but McCarthy and Co. have always played it safe by starting the Veteran, and now he may be forced to use his young, talented players.

    This could (key-word could) be a good thing.

  • Big T

    might as well start rebuilding now..

  • When did Starks fall from grace? Is he still injured? I thought he was Grant’s heir apparent. What did I miss?