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.