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Packers worried about status of Johnathan Franklin’s neck

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The Packers drafted running backs in bulk a year ago, hoping something would work.

Now, they’re wondering if one of them will work again.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the Packers are concerned that running back Johnathan Franklin might have a career-threatening neck injury.

Last year’s fourth-rounder from UCLA hasn’t practiced this offseason, and according to the report, the Packers are “putting Franklin through more tests to determine whether it’s safe for him to continue playing.”

Franklin had one great game last year, running for 103 yards on 13 carries against the Bengals in September. But he only had six more carries the rest of the season after that one, and second-rounder Eddie Lacy grew into his role as the lead back nicely.

Neck injuries are a sensitive topic anyway for the Packers, after going through varying degrees of them with Nick Collins, Sean Richardson and Jermichael Finley in recent years.

While the lack of information will always cause speculation to grow, the fact he hasn’t been out there is a concern.

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39 Responses to “Packers worried about status of Johnathan Franklin’s neck”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    He’s 4th or 5th string anyway.

    #stillbetterthanHGHPeterson

    #regressionisreal

    #thewindowhasclosedfor28

  2. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jun 18, 2014 2:57 PM

    As long as its not MY GUY Rogers getting hurt, we will be just fine. #GO PACK GO!!

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 18, 2014 2:57 PM

    He’s 4th or 5th string right now.

    #stillbetterthanadrianpeterson

    #thewindowisclosedfor28

    >

  4. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 18, 2014 3:01 PM

    Nothing a little yoga can’t fix.

  5. primenumber19 says: Jun 18, 2014 3:01 PM

    Don’t forget terrence Murphy, he was a second rounder several years ago who never suited up because of undiagnosed spinal stenosis. Neck injuries and the packers are now as synonymous as the browns and staph infections.

  6. dragonflypack says: Jun 18, 2014 3:04 PM

    What’s going on out there ? Lombardi would cut them all and get somebody else. We can live without Franklin (sorry to hear about the neck), Worthy (lazy?), Perry (head case), or Clueless (nuf said). Move on quick ……

    Go Packers.

  7. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 18, 2014 3:05 PM

    Does anyone remember last year at this time when all Packer fans were super-excited about Johnathan Franklin and what a great fourth-round steal he was? This despite having a long history of failure at drafting running backs. Yet this year, Viking fans are mocked and ridiculed by Packer fans for being a little excited about drafting a quarterback in the first round who was projected to be the #1 overall pick. Kind of hypocritical if you ask me.

  8. vltrophy14 says: Jun 18, 2014 3:07 PM

    He may not be a starter but IMO he has a lot of potential if able to play again. If not hope he had an ins policy like Finley.

  9. ariani1985 says: Jun 18, 2014 3:07 PM

    Just another list of busts in the line of Teddy Thompson!!!! If you buy some “fake stock” can you cash in the dividends any buy another draft pick or do you have to spend it on your outhouse????

  10. ariani1985 says: Jun 18, 2014 3:08 PM

    and nothing of value will be lost…….

  11. sonofad says: Jun 18, 2014 3:10 PM

    Safety first. You don’t pursue championships at all costs, or you can have Vikingesque tragedies on you hands.

  12. dragonflypack says: Jun 18, 2014 3:10 PM

    Same thing for Murphy…..good call primenumber19

  13. revelation123 says: Jun 18, 2014 3:11 PM

    Franklin has the ability to be like another Sproles. That being said, the Packers are deep at RB so they can afford to cut him either way.

  14. hansenbrothers says: Jun 18, 2014 3:13 PM

    That’s sad, he has Darren sproles like potential.

  15. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 18, 2014 3:13 PM

    There’s that famous loyalty from Packer fans. Before they saw him play they anointed him a future Hall of Famer. Now that they’ve seen him play and he has a devastating neck injury, they turn on him. Real classy.

  16. skittlesareyum says: Jun 18, 2014 3:15 PM

    ANOTHER NECK INJURY? Really?

  17. longhairdontcare66 says: Jun 18, 2014 3:16 PM

    You’ve gotta be kidding- I thought he was going to be a huge piece of the offense after last draft. He looked awesome against the Bengals last year, the fumble was one play. I hope he can come back I still think he can be a game changer in our offense.

  18. dethsupport says: Jun 18, 2014 3:18 PM

    Aaron Rodgers has the hottest beard out there.

  19. twonis says: Jun 18, 2014 3:25 PM

    If it plays out this way it will be a bummer. Solid citizen from what I’ve seen and had real potential– Anyone remember his 100+ yard game? —

    That being said, with Harris and Starks back and Eddie Lacy ready to truck punks over again (especially those in PURPLE) RB depth is not going to be a concern for the Pack for a while.

    Best wishes to Franklin to make a full recovery, though.

  20. krisneel says: Jun 18, 2014 3:31 PM

    This sucks. The way we have had injuries, he would’ve provided much needed depth even though he would’ve been 4th string. Hopefully it isn’t career threatening and he can get on the field again. I really thought he could make a second year jump after struggling last year.

  21. deltaoracle says: Jun 18, 2014 3:36 PM

    What I remember about this time last year, Tiny Hands, is that Viking fans were mocking and ridiculing Packer fans for being excited about getting Eddie Lacy. He was fat and soft and slow and would be a huge bust. Whereas the Vikings had 3 sure-fire future Hall of Famers in their class. (But still managed to finish last.)
    Now maybe Bridgewater will be fine, but on what planet was he ever “projected to be the #1 overall pick”? Most mocks had Clowney #1. I remember an occasional mock with Watkins or Manziel or Mack on top, but Bridgewater? No.
    For that matter, if the Vikes really thought he was all that, why didn’t they take him at 8 or 9? He’s a project, like the entire MN team at this point.

  22. whatjusthapped says: Jun 18, 2014 3:38 PM

    The depth on this team will allow the Packers to move forward without missing a beat. They have a starter from 2012 that didn’t even suit up in 2013 so they are not hurting at the RB position.

    And yet our poor country cousins to the west will tell us that we are a one man team. That one man must be pretty good to post 7 wins against the Viking in just the last 4 years.

  23. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 18, 2014 3:48 PM

    What about Julius Pepper’s feet?

    Dude has significantly declined over the past 4 years, look up the stats if you don’t believe me…..

  24. ariani1985 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:01 PM

    even know he is hurt, which is unfortunate, atleast he didn’t show up fat and out of shape…..

    #EddieLazy

  25. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 18, 2014 4:06 PM

    I think it’s nice to see a team care about a player’s long term health and not just how he can help the team in the short term. This is how an NFL organization should be run. Players’ health and safety should be paramount. The consequences can be very steep for players on teams that don’t take this same approach.

    Hope everything turns out okay, Johnathan, and if not, thank you for service to the Green Bay Packers.

  26. emperorzero says: Jun 18, 2014 4:42 PM

    I’m getting kind of pissed with my fellow Packers fans here. I’m seeing way too many “We’re deep at running back, so who cares?” comments. He’s one of our guys and on top of that, the dude may lose his livelihood. Hopefully, his neck responds to treatment and therapy, but if not, he’s got to put his health first.

  27. peopletrains says: Jun 18, 2014 4:54 PM

    From a football perspective, he has Lacy, Starks, and Harris ahead of him with Kuhn picking up carries and maybe even Lyerla every now and then if he makes the team. Strictly from a football perspective, this has zero impact on the Packers.

  28. dethsupport says: Jun 18, 2014 5:25 PM

    Kuhn’s awesome.

  29. packersgreenbay says: Jun 18, 2014 7:29 PM

    Hope he can bounce back to normal. He was fun to watch in that game against the bengels(til the fumble). He complements Lacy’s style nicely. A positive in the situation is he’s still really young.. From personal experiance it seems like the healing process slows down drastically after 30. Being young is also a negative cause he hasn’t made the millions to fall back on. Best of luck JF! Hope to see you back on the field soon

  30. gbmickey says: Jun 18, 2014 8:38 PM

    Forgot to mention our prayers are with you Franklin and for the purple just wanted to remind you even without him the Packers had a better running game than the Vikings. Its no wonder the queens wanted to sign Starks only to have him laugh at the suggestion.

  31. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Jun 18, 2014 9:11 PM

    The Packers have a long history of Running backs that play for years.

    Oh wait, they play good one year then suck. Sort of like the 1973 to 1991 Packers who only had one winning season.

  32. packsoldier says: Jun 18, 2014 9:21 PM

    I feel bad for Franklin, but it’s a numbers game at halfback and we’re already three deep at the position with a couple of intriguing UFAs fighting for a possible fourth slot (that’s assuming they keep Kuhn as a fullback).

    Bad deal for Franklin. Doesn’t really hurt the Packers though.

  33. WI has no economy says: Jun 18, 2014 10:12 PM

    Luckily the Great State of Minnesota is near, to provide this young man with real world first class health care….send him over to the mayo, they will help him, or I guess in “Wisconsin” they would send him to the nearest CVS “minute clinic”..

  34. ariani1985 says: Jun 18, 2014 11:25 PM

    Oh our prayers are with you, lol he’s not on his death bed there little mickey or Michelle, relax and sip your wine.

  35. GenXJay says: Jun 18, 2014 11:45 PM

    yoga should do the trick

  36. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 19, 2014 12:49 AM

    Packers should consider carrying 16 RBs on the roster.

  37. detrenko says: Jun 19, 2014 2:23 AM

    Franklin has big time play making ability just has much as Cobb. He fumbles too much. It would be great to heal him up and give him another chance. This kid could be a star.

  38. purp1eone says: Jun 19, 2014 10:48 AM

    TT has a plan and will execute it, always does and always will.

    Did you see the depth at the QB position last year?

    No worries here.

    TT = equals best GM ever.

    arod = just like it sounds

  39. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:55 PM

    I watched that bengals game last year and he had flashes of brilliance. This is really sad to hear.

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