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Cedric Benson won’t play against Texans

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Packers running back Cedric Benson did not attend medical school at Texas.

We point out this fact, which is likely well known to our readers, to point out that it is always wise to wait until doctors weigh in on an injury before assuming all is well based on a player’s self-assessment. After Sunday’s game, Benson said that the foot injury that forced him out of the loss to the Colts wasn’t serious. That assessment might have been a little premature.

During his Monday press conference, Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled Benson out of this week’s game against the Texans as a result of the injury. There’s no timetable for his return to action, which leaves the Green Bay running game in the hands of John Kuhn, Alex Green and James Starks, who was inactive on Sunday. Kuhn and Green weren’t able to allow the Packers to eat enough clock to keep Andrew Luck from beating them and it is hard to see the group making much of a dent against a good Houston defense this week.

McCarthy also said that defensive tackle B.J. Raji, who had an MRI Monday on his ankle, and tight end Jermichael Finley, slowed by a shoulder injury, both have a chance to play in Week Six.

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34 Responses to “Cedric Benson won’t play against Texans”
  1. myeaglescantwin says: Oct 8, 2012 5:30 PM

    maybe less options for this offense will be good for Aaron.

    He throws for 40TDs when they have no backfield,, struggle when they add the run game.

  2. dwarftosser says: Oct 8, 2012 5:31 PM

    Not having Benson hurts, but Raji is the real killer. Without Raji in there Foster and Tate are going to have huge days and the Packers offense is going to be spending most of the day on the sidelines.. which is not good when they are this out of rhythm. Hopefully Raji can play, because it’s going to be hard for the Packers to avoid a 2-4 start with him and practically impossible without him.

  3. Peter Venkman says: Oct 8, 2012 5:35 PM

    Too bad about Benson. He was running hard.

    If D.J. Williams can catch the ball, then Finley might be out of a job.

  4. glac1 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:36 PM

    Wow…. The Pack is 4-6 in their last ten games, totally evaporated in the second half yesterday and are now banged up as they head to Houston to take on the best team in the league. Who would have imagined a 2-4 start for this team…..

  5. robertopicadillo says: Oct 8, 2012 5:36 PM

    thats too bad cedben was starting to come along especially for my fantasy team. hope you get well soon so i can put you back as my flex player.

  6. elgaffo says: Oct 8, 2012 5:37 PM

    we dont even need a “good” running average one will do just fine. can we just get an average running back? can we trade one of our 50 WR’s for an average running back? Beuller….anyone….anyone? The window is closing quickly

  7. chi01town says: Oct 8, 2012 5:37 PM

    Now I know they are threw.. atleast Benson was trying to run the ball. Greenbay gone get smoked

  8. randallflagg52 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:37 PM

    Somehow I don’t think this will make a difference. Houston is the best team in football and the packers have not looked like a good team since that loss to the G-Men in the playoffs. Houston walks away with this one.

  9. claymatthewshairplugs says: Oct 8, 2012 5:39 PM

    Keep Benson away from boats otherwise he may be punching other guys out on his off week.

  10. lambeauphan says: Oct 8, 2012 5:40 PM

    back to being a one dimensional offense which worked out great in the second half yesterday! MM cause use alex green out of the back field and hand the ball off too, but, we all know he wont. Rodgers get ready to throw 60 passes

  11. west4420 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    Never want to see a guy that is playing hard get hurt no matter who’s team they are on.

  12. bigdaddybullwhip says: Oct 8, 2012 5:49 PM

    Ceds had problems with that foot in Cincinnati. He’ll be out at least five weeks.

  13. ravensallday2012 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:49 PM

    I do think Houston is a good football team. But besides Denver who have they beat

  14. mikealstott says: Oct 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    WOW! Without Cedric Benson’s 38 yards rushing what will the Packer’s offense do? This will force Aaron Roger’s to pass at least two or three more times to make up those lost yards…. Yikes!

  15. squared80 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:54 PM

    Thankfully, I am not a Packer fan, but fo those who are, please tell me this. Why doesn’t Green Bay utilize Randall Cobb like the Saints do Darren Sproles, or the Vikings do Percy Harvin? Why are they putting their chips on something called John Kuhn and some other washed out RB’s? Why not put it into a playmaker’s hands!?

  16. 2ruefan says: Oct 8, 2012 6:10 PM

    Cobb is not Harvin. Harvin is pretty unique. Cobb is built more like a wideout. Percy is a blend between slot receiver/tail-back/small tight end.

    Cobb might be faster than Harvin, but I think he’d get killed if they used him like they do Harvin.

    But they definitely SHOULD use him more…

  17. jonny42671 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:18 PM

    Were any of these injuries the refs fault?

  18. schmitty2 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:29 PM

    chi01town says:Oct 8, 2012 5:37 PM

    Now I know they are threw.. atleast Benson was trying to run the ball. Greenbay gone get smoked

    Nice to see Chicago’s education rearing it’s ugly head

  19. axespray says: Oct 8, 2012 6:48 PM

    Did one of our players walk underneath a ladder this off season?

    Shields plays perfect coverage – gets shoved – either gets called PI (on him) or not called at all…

    Nick Perry gets a sack – Penalized for flexing his muscles – penalized for “Helmet to helmet” (even thou he hit Luck in the chest/ribs area) …

    The fail mary … now all these injuries.
    smh… suppose it’s better to overcome adversity and toughen up early in the season than to breeze by and peak early. idk

  20. purpwalk says: Oct 8, 2012 6:49 PM

    i now present the green bay yellow submariners


  21. southpaw447 says: Oct 8, 2012 7:11 PM

    This is the worst possible news for the Packers. Our offensive line is utter garbage. With no respectable run game, Houston is going to eat Rodgers alive. I’ll be shocked if he manages to leave the game in one piece. Watt, Reed and Cush are probably licking their chops already.

  22. longhairdontcare66 says: Oct 8, 2012 7:20 PM

    I’m a Packers fan and the simple fact is we will be this bad until we show some intensity. We LOST to the gmen in the playoffs just like we LOST to the 49ers, Seahawks, and Colts. Despite the horrible call by the re-refs at the end of the hawks game it shouldn’t have been that close I hate the way we’re playing right now.

  23. jtmartinez34 says: Oct 8, 2012 7:36 PM

    Karma. Blame it all on big mouth Woodson. Who also is now queen of holding / interference – called or uncalled.

  24. beedubyatoo says: Oct 8, 2012 7:53 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:Oct 8, 2012 5:30 PM

    maybe less options for this offense will be good for Aaron.

    He throws for 40TDs when they have no backfield,, struggle when they add the run game.
    Apparently you did not see the second half of yesterday’s game or the second half of the game against Seattle. The threat of a running game makes any qb more effective in passing.

  25. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 8, 2012 8:03 PM

    “Cedric Benson won’t play against Texans”


    The Packer D has indicated that they are also planning to take the game off.

  26. ernie ernie says: Oct 8, 2012 8:04 PM

    Here’s the irony. All I hear is how these pass rushers of Texas, Detroit, Chicago and the Colts are going to eat Rogers up.
    Never hear how any of the Packer rushers will do the same. Why. They HAVE NONE! Mathews is playing rusher and not linebacker so there are plenty of openings up the middle for first down passes to the tight ends. The Place Mathews should be playing to prevent that.
    This Packer team is a joke. If someone said they will not win another game this year I for one will not argue the point. No running game, passing game, defense, kicking or special teams. Just what do they have that people think is special??????????????

  27. hatesycophants says: Oct 8, 2012 8:32 PM

    Nice to see Packers fans whining about the officiating. Hilarious! Thank goodness there aren’t any tall buildings in GB. Ahhhhhhahaha!

  28. timdtl says: Oct 8, 2012 8:47 PM

    Not completely worried yet. 15-1 last year and knocked out in divisional round. 10-6 in 2010 and won Super Bowl. It’s all about who peaks at the right time. I think they are playing super sloppy football right now. But if they can hold it to 6 losses this season they will be in okay shape at least for a wild card spot. I hate to admit but I think Chicago will win the division. Minnesota is a fluke that will die hard real soon. GO PACKERS!

  29. yessams says: Oct 8, 2012 9:00 PM

    Perhaps the Packers are missing Joe Philbin the most. Seems like all they want to do, is go for the 20+ passing gains. Where they have their most success at mixing up the short and long gains.

  30. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 9, 2012 1:19 AM

    I live in Wisconsin, so just about every commercial break I get to see someone from the Packers injured/inactive list.

  31. bowmanj35 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:04 AM

    first of all how many drives have ended now because if drops? Finley leads the league the last 2 year’s in drops, can we please drop him already? I’d be perfectly happy to see a 6 win season, maybe then we could get some help on defense and o-line in the draft. its getting pretty sad how abused the defense is.

  32. chi01town says: Oct 9, 2012 7:52 AM

    I love to see a packers fan scared. an Now the packers is going to Texas. I hear cheese dont do so well in heat. 2/4

  33. vikefan says: Oct 9, 2012 12:56 PM

    maybe the one smart player on team this week, he knows they r gonna lose so why risk injury on a wasted performance…..mmmm wonder how many other players try to follow suit this week?

  34. deltaoracle says: Oct 9, 2012 4:21 PM

    Well, the GB running game isn’t really in the hands of Kuhn, Green, etc – it’s in the hands of McCarthy, and he isn’t much for running. Reportedly the OLine was not happy at all that he called seven straight passes to start the 2nd half. Belicek found a way to get the NE offense going again; wish I was as confident that McCarthy will get GB’s tires re-inflated.

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