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James Starks questionable to return with knee injury

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The Packers started the day without Eddie Lacy and John Kuhn in the backfield, which means they may be down to one running back for the rest of the day.

The team announced after the half that James Starks is questionable to return with a knee injury. The rookie Johnathan Franklin is in the game and picked up five yards on the first carry of his NFL career in the third quarter.

It’s hardly an ideal situation to play a rookie for the first time in his career. The Packers offense has already lost tight end Jermichael Finley to a concussion and they’ve struggled to contain the Bengals pass rush all day. Franklin will have to help on that front as much or more than he adds a threat on the ground.

The first drive with Franklin ended well for the Pack as the rookie scored from two yards out to extend the lead to 23-14 for Green Bay. The Packers were helped immensely by a pair of penalties on the Bengals, including a roughing the passer call on safety Reggie Nelson on a third down incompletion.

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8 Responses to “James Starks questionable to return with knee injury”
  1. jerrykill4pres says: Sep 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Puzzling to me how the pack can go so long without a 100 yard rushing game. And without being able to find a good back. My gosh, you have Rodgers! Every D is gonna keep every possible DB ad LB in coverage! If they ever do find a good RB that demands 7-8 in the box, Rodgers will have 500 yards by half in a game.

  2. joetoronto says: Sep 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    Matthews is out too now, another hamstring injury.

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 22, 2013 3:10 PM

    What a cheap shot by Michael Johnson on Rodgers.

    SMH.

  4. bengalguy says: Sep 22, 2013 3:12 PM

    Shut up Joe!

  5. shadowoflambeau311 says: Sep 22, 2013 3:14 PM

    J. Stewart tho

  6. possumsauce says: Sep 22, 2013 3:15 PM

    Now Burfict’s running around sack-tapping opponents? Stay classy, Cincinnati.

  7. chi01town says: Sep 22, 2013 4:11 PM

    NOBODY’S LAYING DOWN for green bay anymore. everybody knows they are weak. like I said 1-2 going into the bye week.

  8. teamnorsecore says: Sep 23, 2013 1:50 AM

    Tokyo said Starks was the best back in the division earlier in the week because of his YPC. Now what?

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