Packers hopeful James Starks can return for playoffs

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With the Green Bay Packers running game finally starting to find some consistency, the team is hopeful they can regain another weapon in the backfield when the playoffs begin in three weeks.

According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy believes running back James Starks is on pace to return for the postseason from a knee injury suffered three weeks ago.

“That’s what the medical staff is telling me,” McCarthy said. “Starks’ situation is to hopefully get him back for the playoffs. That was a decision that was made a few weeks ago.”

Starks has missed the last two games for the Packers after suffering a bone bruise on his knee against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 2. The Packers running game has struggled throughout the season before starting to find productions over the last six weeks. Per Dunne, the Packers are averaging 132 yards a game on the ground, good for ninth best in the league over that span.

Starks said he’s progressing and believes he will be able to return for the playoffs.

“It’s a lot better,” Starks said. “Just how I was bent, when you look at it, it looked a lot worse.”

For the season, Starks has appeared in six games for Green Bay. He has 71 carries for 255 yards and a touchdown.