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.

29 responses to “Johnathan Franklin confirms he won’t play in 2014 and likely beyond

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

  2. 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…

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.
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    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.

  12. 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?

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

  14. 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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