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Mike McCarthy: Johnathan Franklin’s career with Packers is over

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It appears that a neck injury will end tailback Johnathan Franklin’s career with the Packers.

According to multiple media outlets, Packers coach Mike McCarthy indicated Thursday that Franklin will no longer play for the club.

“He will not be back with us,” McCarthy said, calling the development “unfortunate news,” according to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com.

A fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2013, Franklin rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in 11 games as a rookie. In his most extensive action, Franklin racked up 126 combined rushing-receiving yards and a touchdown in a loss at Cincinnati.

According to Wilde and other Packers reporters, McCarthy said official news on Franklin’s future will be announced on Friday.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m. ET: Franklin has announced he won’t play in 2014, and he also indicated his career beyond this season could be over.

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22 Responses to “Mike McCarthy: Johnathan Franklin’s career with Packers is over”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jun 19, 2014 3:14 PM

    I hope this man makes a tremendous comeback and succeeds in the NFL.

    Even as a Minnesota Vikings fan, you don’t like seeing this happen to anyone.

  2. lambeauphan says: Jun 19, 2014 3:14 PM

    damn, thats a shame.

  3. grabgrabgrab says: Jun 19, 2014 3:17 PM

    Their backfield is pretty stout this year with Lacy, Starks, and Harris returning from his injury last year (provided they ALL can remain healthy), but this news just sucks!!!

  4. chris3141084 says: Jun 19, 2014 3:18 PM

    Is it career ending or are they just cutting bait?

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 19, 2014 3:18 PM

    Sorry to hear that. He was a great talent and I wish him well in life.

    It would have been nice if he could have gotten a ring with the rest of the team this year.

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  6. skolnolombardilovers says: Jun 19, 2014 3:19 PM

    Too bad Jonathan you never really got much of a chance Good Luck

    One thing the Packers must do is look at their strength and conditioning staff obviously they are doing something wrong or their medical staff is not testing these guys correctly too many neck injuries ending guys careers.Their injury rates have been ridiculous

  7. bart15np says: Jun 19, 2014 3:19 PM

    Sad

  8. packerfan4life1 says: Jun 19, 2014 3:20 PM

    They wasted time drafting him anyway. They already drafted lacy in the 2nd rnd, they have James Starks and DuJuan Harris, why draft another back?!

  9. paoconno says: Jun 19, 2014 3:22 PM

    Terrible news. As a SoCal Vikings fan I got to watch Jonathan Franklin dominate at UCLA, and I was terrified when the Packers drafted him, given out dangerous he is both running and catching the ball.

    Hopefully he makes a full recovery

  10. steelerben says: Jun 19, 2014 3:24 PM

    It is a real shame that his career ended before it ever really got a chance to start.

  11. icebowler says: Jun 19, 2014 3:24 PM

    That’s very sad news. This recent epidemic of career ending neck injuries for Packer players has just got to stop.

  12. scoops1 says: Jun 19, 2014 3:25 PM

    ouch…that’s sux…

    I’ve had high hopes for the guy

  13. thehatefulnerd says: Jun 19, 2014 3:26 PM

    Sucks BAD.

    Kid was the real deal.

  14. jofig56 says: Jun 19, 2014 3:34 PM

    He flashed the ability do great things. The harsh realities of football can happen at any moment and it can all be gone. Hopefully he’s able to walk away with his health.

  15. deltaoracle says: Jun 19, 2014 3:46 PM

    Sorry to hear it, but I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t land on his feet and do well in life. He’s smart and said last year he wants to be the mayor of Los Angeles some day and try to make it a better place. While I hate to see anyone go into politics, it’s a plus if some good people do it to try to counterbalance all the sleazoids.
    The Pack still has three established guys and a couple of decent UFAs. Surprisingly, RB is now one of the deepest positions on the team.

  16. dcviking says: Jun 19, 2014 3:55 PM

    Truly unfortunate — not something to wished on anybody or be celebrated regardless of who your favorite team is.

  17. imthedudedude says: Jun 19, 2014 3:58 PM

    Get healthy Jonathan! Best of luck to you and hope you make a full recovery.

  18. rho1953 says: Jun 19, 2014 4:56 PM

    He has the skills, but those neck injuries are scary things. The Packers are one club that doesn’t take chances with those injuries. I wish him the very best, obviously it just wasn’t meant to be.

  19. tangysizzl says: Jun 19, 2014 5:38 PM

    Sad day for Franklin and Packer fans alike, hope you recover and enjoy life to the fullest.

  20. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Jun 19, 2014 6:31 PM

    Uncalled for jab at Korey Stringer.

    Good luck Franklin.

  21. crazyhorse2609 says: Jun 19, 2014 7:42 PM

    Good luck to you Mr. Franklin, hoping for a full recovery! Never good to see these things, but in reality, it’s the nature of sport. sidenote, who took a jab at KS? It must have been deleted. No matter what it was, it must have been posted by a very sad individual.

  22. axespray says: Jun 19, 2014 10:23 PM

    That sucks.

    At least the guy is smart thou, he’ll probably be one of the few players that’s capable of having success outside of football.

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