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Johnathan Franklin confirms he won’t play in 2014 and likely beyond

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Packers tailback Johnathan Franklin announced Thursday he will not play in 2014 because of a neck injury, and he also indicated his career looks over beyond this season, too.

“Unfortunately this week I have been ruled out of returning for the 2014/15 season and returning to play in the NFL,” Franklin said in a statement released on Twitter.

The 24-year-old Franklin suffered the injury in the Packers’ Week 12 tie with Minnesota.

In the statement, Franklin thanked those who supported him and asked for prayers as he begins “this transition.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Franklin’s Green Bay career was over, with the official roster move to come on Friday. It’s unclear whether Franklin will officially retire or will be waived/injured.

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29 Responses to “Johnathan Franklin confirms he won’t play in 2014 and likely beyond”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jun 19, 2014 4:15 PM

    Jonathan Franklin was twice the Running Back Eddie (Trent Richardson 2.0) Lacy is….

    I hope you make a strong comeback Jonathan…

  2. aceakking says: Jun 19, 2014 4:19 PM

    Johnathan Franklin is doing the right thing. Health and safety are the most important things in life. Then comes money, fame, and sex.

  3. vaughnjoe says: Jun 19, 2014 4:22 PM

    Wow thats a tough call to make so early in his career. Good luck to you in the future Mr. Franklin.

  4. greenandgoldgirl says: Jun 19, 2014 4:23 PM

    I am sorry to see this happen. Great guy, loads of talent. Prayers go out to him that he makes a full recovery and has a great life…

  5. rosstuckershair says: Jun 19, 2014 4:24 PM

    Still another Packer high round injury bust to go with Sherrod, Bulaga and Perry…

  6. streetpack says: Jun 19, 2014 4:26 PM

    Sad news but health comes first. This is happening too often in Green Bay

  7. deltaoracle says: Jun 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    The Heidis wanted to stay classy, but the strain was just too great for some.
    Oh well, thanks to those who still have a claim on some portion of their humanity…
    And good luck Jonathan Franklin.

  8. scoops1 says: Jun 19, 2014 4:34 PM

    Finely should take notes from what Franklin is doing…..

  9. f1restarter says: Jun 19, 2014 4:37 PM

    Sad to hear, but he made the right decision.

    Brilliant move by the Packers to hold on to James Starks. The best 1-2 running back combo in the NFC North.

  10. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 19, 2014 4:37 PM

    He should be fine, after all he has a degree from UCLA right? Good luck to you in your future endeavors.

  11. blacknole08 says: Jun 19, 2014 4:40 PM

    Wow… shocking news for such a young player. He is making the right decision however.

  12. lambeauphan says: Jun 19, 2014 4:45 PM

    now he can become mayor of GB. Good Luck JF

  13. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 19, 2014 4:46 PM

    Well he made 400k in base salary last year and his 400k signing bonus was guaranteed. So at least he walks away having made almost a million for a year of work. Best wishes on a full recovery.

  14. GenXJay says: Jun 19, 2014 4:57 PM

    Best wishes.
    The yoga does not work.

  15. vikinggroininjury says: Jun 19, 2014 4:57 PM

    He is an impressive young man of high character. This is a shame and I hope for the best for Jonathan and his family

  16. granadafan says: Jun 19, 2014 5:13 PM

    Possible paralyis from neck injuries is no joke. Best of luck to Franklin.

  17. tangysizzl says: Jun 19, 2014 5:27 PM

    That’s a whole lot of neck injuries for one team man, Sterling Sharpe(stenosis), Terrance Murphy(stenosis), Jeremy Thompson(Stenosis), Nick Collins, Sean Richardson, Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly and now Johnathan Franklin are just the ones I can remember.

    So far Richardson is the only guy that it wasn’t career ending for. What a shame.

    Good luck Jonathan man, hope your non football life is unaffected by the neck injury.

  18. noleitup says: Jun 19, 2014 5:29 PM

    Feel bad for the kid. I hope the NFL gives him a nice injury settlement.

  19. vikesandravens78 says: Jun 19, 2014 5:36 PM

    He’s making the right choice. At the end of the day, football is just a game. Your health affects you for life!

  20. tonyc920 says: Jun 19, 2014 5:49 PM

    Unfortunate his career in the NFL was cut short. Fortunate the injury wasn’t worse causing permanent paralysis.
    Thank you Viking fans for your kind comments and not making light of a serious situation for a classy young man who has so much potential. Good luck JF.

  21. vikesr4reel says: Jun 19, 2014 7:16 PM

    When a young mans life is the topic it isn’t about what team your on or where you live, it’s about caring for your neighbor and fellow human beings.
    Best of luck JF…

  22. sonofad says: Jun 19, 2014 8:17 PM

    It’s good to see the Packers showing the proper amount of concern for this young mans health.

  23. aa1829 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:26 PM

    Stay classy fans!

  24. theogeisel says: Jun 19, 2014 10:07 PM

    We’ll never know for sure, but I heard all these career ending Packer neck injuries are all part of….The Ahmad Carroll Curse!

  25. axespray says: Jun 19, 2014 10:26 PM

    tangysizzl says:
    Jun 19, 2014 5:27 PM
    That’s a whole lot of neck injuries for one team man, Sterling Sharpe(stenosis), Terrance Murphy(stenosis), Jeremy Thompson(Stenosis), Nick Collins, Sean Richardson, Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly and now Johnathan Franklin are just the ones I can remember.
    —————————-
    I’m just grateful all of them were able to walk afterward, they can continue with their lives and what not. Neck injuries are damn scary.

  26. wyrdawg says: Jun 20, 2014 12:24 AM

    That’s tough. You’re making the right decision, sir.

  27. dukeeddy says: Jun 20, 2014 7:42 AM

    Is it just me, or does GB have an inordinate amount of these injuries? I know that injuries are part of the game, and I also know that all teams suffer injuries. However, it seems GB continues to lose players to similar injuries involving the neck/spine. Does anyone know a team in recent years with more of these types of injuries?

  28. chris1cat says: Jun 20, 2014 8:23 AM

    Sorry to hear that. Your NFL dream might be over but your life has just begun. Good luck to you sir.
    —-Vikings Fan

  29. milkcan44 says: Jun 20, 2014 10:00 AM

    It’s always twice as bad when a guy with some brains and class cannot continue to represent the league to balance out the questionable lifestyles of some of the others.

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