Packers place Cedric Benson on IR with ability to return

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With a bunch of injuries creating uncertainty on the roster heading into their trip to Houston this weekend, the Packers made a move to open up a roster spot on Wednesday.

Coach Mike McCarthy announced that running back Cedric Benson has been placed on injured reserve as a result of the foot injury he picked up against the Colts in Week Five. Benson has been given the designation to return, so he will be eligible to start practicing with the team in six weeks and could play again in eight weeks if his foot has healed up enough to allow it. That’s about the same amount of time it is believed Benson will need to heal up so the move doesn’t have much downside for the Packers.

Alex Green, John Kuhn and James Starks should all see time with Benson out of the lineup. McCarthy indicated, via Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette,  that the team will go with whoever’s hottest on a given day.

McCarthy also updated the status of three other injured starters, although it was the same update for each of them. Wide receiver Greg Jennings, tight end Jermichael Finley and defensive tackle B.J. Raji all missed practice on Wednesday and the coach said that all three of them would be game-time decisions come Sunday.

28 responses to “Packers place Cedric Benson on IR with ability to return

  1. Next man up. Ced has done a good job but Starks has his ability if he can just get his timing down. Green Bay has to run the ball and start taking what defenses are giving them in the passing game instead of trying to force the explosion plays when they just aren’t there.
    The Pack’s inability to convert third downs is killing what should be an improved defense.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    Time for the youngsters to step up and time to turn this season around. Warriors believe.
    I agree, Carl. If the Pack can take a lesson from your beloved Vikes, maybe they can turn it around. Team, team, team.

  3. Starks would’ve been starting if he had any kind of head on his shoulders. Guy can’t remember the plays and his assignments. Green gives them their best chance; at least he’s shown the ability to be explosive.

  4. Benson’s lacked heart & fire since he came into this league. It was just a matter of time before one thing or another led to him being a spectator on the sidelines.

    Of course, the Pack needed him to help them not be so one-dimensional, but honestly, it really doesn’t matter now – the Bears have already surpassed them in all 3 phases of the game.
    Yup, even in offense.

    And in record.

    (As have the Vikings).

    And judging by comparable schedules over the next several weeks, I don’t see the current divisional positioning changing any time soon.

    The way things are headed, Packers better just hope they can beat out the Lions for third place.

  5. Benson has run hard and better in the pass game than what I thought. This team needs to use Green as the feature back, he is the only back on this roster capable of breaking a long run. IF the line can open enough holes for him to go through he can give the Pack a legit threat on the ground.

  6. Better keep an eye on him the next 6 weeks. With all that downtime he could find himself in the klinker!

  7. Vikings will trade you Toby Gerhart for next years first round pick and 5 Lambeau ownership certificates,,,

  8. Benson is tremendously undervalued. He had a couple bad years in Chicago and has never been able to shake that percpetion. If you’ve watched him with your own eyes, you have watched the definition of a solid running back in a league filled with crap.

  9. Toby Gerhart isn’t worth one piece of stock, and he’s the third most talented Viking.

  10. thepvyharvin says:Oct 10, 2012 5:09 PM

    Vikings will trade you Toby Gerhart for next years first round pick and 5 Lambeau ownership certificates,,,

  11. How are the Packers declining. The Green Bay Packers are one of the youngest teams in football this year . I guess haters gotta hate

  12. I never thought I’d say this but the Packers had better be careful or they’re going to find themsleves working to make the playoffs this year

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