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Packers part ways with Johnathan Franklin


Johnathan Franklin’s career in Green Bay has officially reached an end. The club announced the release of the injured second-year tailback on Friday.

A fourth-round selection of the Packers in 2013, Franklin played in 11 games as a reserve for Green Bay in 2013. He suffered a neck injury in the Packers’ November 24 tie with Minnesota.

On Thursday, Franklin announced he would not be playing in 2014 because of the neck injury, and he indicated he might not play thereafter.

Franklin will be subject to waivers, though it’s unlikely he will be claimed. If he has been waived-injured, he could revert to the Packers’ injured reserve list, where he presumably could be released with an injury settlement.

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24 Responses to “Packers part ways with Johnathan Franklin”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 20, 2014 4:23 PM

    Good luck, dude!

    Wish nothing but the best for you in your future!

    And, silver linings, you made almost a million and played for the best franchise in the NFL.


  2. fartweasel says: Jun 20, 2014 4:30 PM

    Good luck man, hope you have a great non-football life, which at least will now be in one of the other 49 normal states.

  3. whatjusthapped says: Jun 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    It was just one game early in the season where Lacy was out with a concussion and Starks hurt his knee and the Packers were forced to go with Franklin the whole game. End result, 103 rushing yards and a TD, just goes to show you the depth of the Packers.

    So its laughable that a Lion’s fan finds it appropriate to launch his troll comment, tell me, how many times in the last 3o years have the Lions even made the playoffs? 3 maybe? The Packers made it the last 5 years in a row.

  4. krisneel says: Jun 20, 2014 4:41 PM

    Sad to see this happen. Sucks his dream has come to an abrupt end. But he has strong faith and that’ll get him through this. All the best Franklin!

  5. jimmysee says: Jun 20, 2014 4:49 PM

    Sad story. Sending best wishes to Johnathan.

  6. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 20, 2014 4:52 PM

    Julius Pepper’s feet are on ice right now.

  7. djohnson11882 says: Jun 20, 2014 5:08 PM

    @whatjusthappened, it was in one half. Lacy got his concussion towards the end of the second quarter. Kid looked great, sad to see him go.

  8. f1restarter says: Jun 20, 2014 5:46 PM

    Good luck to him in his life going forward.

    On the bright side, the Packers still have the best young running back in the NFC North, Eddie Lacy.

  9. dochighness says: Jun 20, 2014 5:48 PM

    Wow. Another classy move by a classy organization.

  10. misteranderson41 says: Jun 20, 2014 6:59 PM

    he was a great RB at UCLA….i thought he would have a great NFL career as well…sad news

  11. ariani1985 says: Jun 20, 2014 7:18 PM

    Too bad you had to play in such an old outhouse!

  12. sonofad says: Jun 20, 2014 7:27 PM

    Good luck Johnathan.

    And may the long term memories of your division title, your rookie 100 yard game, and your teams nailbiting finish to the NFL season always remain special. You were a member of the Green Bay Packers – the most storied and decorated franchise in NFL history. Nobody can ever take that from you.

  13. vikesandravens78 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:04 PM

    I thought the Franklin-Lacy tandem were going to be a thorn in the Vikings’ side for the next decade. Sad to see Franklin’s career end in such a way, even though he played for a rival.

  14. GenXJay says: Jun 20, 2014 8:37 PM

    Jerick McKinnon is the best young back in the NFCN.

  15. trapshoot says: Jun 20, 2014 9:22 PM

    At least he has one great game to remember. Sad he has to end his career so prematurely. He might have been an outstanding back. Fine attitude.

  16. jadaruler says: Jun 20, 2014 11:39 PM

    Good luck to him and if hasn’t graduated I hope goes back and does so.

  17. stellarperformance says: Jun 21, 2014 6:20 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jun 20, 2014 7:18 PM
    Too bad you had to play in such an old outhouse!

    Yes, too bad. But it’s torn down now, even though the stench of failure remains.

  18. disgustinguished says: Jun 21, 2014 8:35 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jun 20, 2014 7:18 PM
    Too bad you had to play in such an old outhouse!

    Ironic coming from a fan who’s teams stadium roof was made of toilet paper. Good news is your new roof won’t collapse though the new stadium will continue to make that flushing sound. Have another fun scraping bottom.

  19. fmc651 says: Jun 21, 2014 11:17 AM

    I am not a packer fan but I do not like to see this. Tough break, he looked like he was going to be a really nice player for the pack.

  20. purpleguy says: Jun 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    Wait a second, TT blew a 4th round pick? How is that possible?

  21. longtimefanhtr says: Jun 21, 2014 5:54 PM

    I don’t think he was going to be much but I hope the guy had a good insurance policy.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 21, 2014 10:01 PM

    What, no goodwill bonus, or other financial gesture to help this young man’s future? They sure were ready to run him until his wheels fell off (which would be sooner than most due to the starter usually injured), but I guess he’s on his own now.

    Surprised all those important stockholders put up with such a cold, heartless, greedy move.

  23. stellarperformance says: Jun 21, 2014 10:43 PM

    Cold and heartless is drafting a young man with dreams of making it big in the NFL….knowing full-well that the poor kid has hands too small to be effective.

    The Vikings are pushing Bridgewater into something he is ill-prepared for, and they are doing it anyway. That is heartless and selfish.

    Everyone knows Bridgewater should be a watch repairman, like his mother wanted. Shame on you and shame on the Minnesota Vikings.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 22, 2014 6:17 PM

    stellar, I am a fan of the greatest franchise in the history of the nfl, certainly no team of the nfcn.

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