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Benson here, Kuhn sprains ankle

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 13, 2012 – 2:06 pm

Cedric Benson dressed in shells and was a limited participant in Monday’s practice, but he won’t play in Thursday’s preseason home opener against the Browns, and that’s causing Mike McCarthy to continue feeling the pinch at running back.

“We’re down to three running backs, Alex Green being one of them,” McCarthy told reporters following a practice that was cut short by 20 minutes on Monday after fullback/running back John Kuhn sustained a sprained ankle. “We’ll see where John is. I’d like to have four (running backs) going into the game.”

Benson spent the majority of practice watching Kuhn, Green and rookie Marc Tyler share reps. James Starks (toe) and Brandon Saine (hamstring) stood off to the side. Green, of course, is less than a year removed from knee reconstruction.

Injuries have created a desperate situation at running back for the Packers, and Benson was signed on Sunday to help ease the crunch. He’s rushed for more than a thousand yards in each of the last three seasons, but he’s more of a runner than he is a receiver and a pass-blocker, which has caused some to question Benson as a fit in the Packers offense.

“We have an idea of the kind of player we’re bringing in. We’ll teach him like we teach the rest of the guys,” McCarthy said. “Cedric Benson is a good fit for us. He’s been a very productive running back.”

McCarthy cited the Packers’ transition to a one-back type of offense as being an especially good fit for Benson.

Injuries are causing practice targets difficult for McCarthy to reach. It would seem to be his greatest concern as training camp heads into its latter stages.

“We’re not where we wanted to be. Today’s practice was supposed to be (two hours, 21 minutes long). When John went down, I didn’t think it was worth the risk to try to get through the last period,” McCarthy said.

Benson will be a welcomed addition to the backfield after he completes the initiation processes and is cleared for full participation.

In other injury news, tackle Marshall Newhouse and wide receiver Tori Gurley returned to practice on Monday. Gurley turned in one of the highlight plays of practice when he bowled over cornerback Dion Turner following a reception.

Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and safety M.D. Jennings were excused from practice due to personal reasons. Jermichael Finley continues to be sidelined by a quad injury.

For more on new RB Cedric Benson, who spoke with reporters in the locker room on Monday, click here.

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35 Responses to “Benson here, Kuhn sprains ankle”

  1. By chaines on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Why is there such a shortage of running backs at this point of camp? Why not bring in a few rookie free agents? Every year there are college running back stars who don’t get drafted.

  2. By Rick on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think it’s time for another skeet-shooting safari in Little Suamico. No one got hurt that day.

  3. By Kenton on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Why not bring back Ryan Grant? He already knows the offense and is looking for work.

  4. By of the way on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kenton, some people have suggested that anyone we sign now we’re looking to cut as soon as possible. They might not want to do that to Ryan. Or maybe they just don’t like him, who knows. I wouldn’t mind having him around either.

  5. By Tarlam on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Injuries are a part of the game. Every year, teams contend with it. That’s why winning the Big Dance is such a difficulct undertaking.

    Is it pretty? No, of course not. But, what can any conditioning trainer do to combat turf toe? Why do so many player get hamstung by hamstring injuries?

    Look around the other 31 teams. The contenders aren’t firing on all cylinders in week 2 of the preseason. Stop the “Sky is Falling!” propaganda until we see a 1-6 record going into the bye week. That’s my advice anyways.


  6. By kean on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    We should try and get LT to come out of retirement and win a super bowl with us !!!!

  7. By cole71 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I would bring Grant back in and have an open competition between Starks,Benson and Saine

  8. By travis on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    grant is not motivated, nor as productive as benson i believe the pack made the right move. green will help support and kuhn will be as good as last year

  9. By Jim on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Since evidently Cedric Benson can’t pass protect, which I “ain’t buying”, maybe as part of handling the O-line concerns, MM and crew have decided “why not use a guy who can actually run” to offset/supplement the pass protection issue?!

  10. By David on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Why do we need a pass catching back? The Packers the throw the ball a lot yea, but to the wider receivers and tight ends not to running backs. Having a powerful back strictly for running the ball could be a good complement to our power passing game.

    Great news about Marshall though. I think that position is a bigger concern than RB.

  11. By gil on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    My guess is that the Packer’s told Grant that they valued his contributions to he organization, but that they have already paid him a great deal of money and that the team’s financial responsibility to the future meant that he would be welcome back at the veteran minimum with no bonus or guarantee. The Packers have not reassigned Grant’s number(25) during camp, so apparently as long as he remains unsigned his number is waiting.

  12. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    With Rodgers at the helm, I think too much is being made of the running back position. It’s clear that a decent running attack is a part of a balanced offensive attack, but I believe MM is one of the smartest coaches in the league right now, and he’s stated time and again, that the number of rushing plays are more important than the amount of yards gained through rushing the ball. Again, a healthy J. Starks, with Green, Saine, and now Benson, will be sufficient. Believe Packer Nation, and absolutely don’t predict anything based on what we will see in the pre-season. Go Pack Go…. Let’s get that 14th Championship…

  13. By j dubb on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    dats right BIG CHEESE

  14. By PackFanMN on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Well said BigCheese.

    About Ryan Grant – When I was at training camp last week I heard from a few people that Grant was offered the minimum and then some but that still was not enough money for him. He then later went on to say that he did not want to go back to the Packers. How could you re sign someone who says that? I hope Ced Benson has a great year or two with the pack.

    Again, Packers fans, dont get too excited, its preseason. And have some faith in the organization for goodness.

  15. By Freeman on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Gran’ts agent said a couple team’s are interested but not meeting his financial needs. A good back but very spotty tenure with the Pack, I believe TT got it right with Benson and with maturity not too worried about off the field activities. On a side note would love TT to take a stab at Jimmy Leonard if he is still available, I thing he would be an awesome addition if he is healthy

  16. By Freeman on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Nevermind, just seen he has signed with Denver. Too Bad would have been a good pickup

  17. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Once again I speak with eloquency. I am correct in what I stated earlier, but still lack the fortitude to have anybody believe in me. Myabe if this “hijacker” of my name would be an idiot all the time people would know when it is actually me. However sometimes he actually makes valid points. We still have the 3 pre-season games to weed out the dead weight and have that team that will win the next SuperBowl. Again, have faith Packer Nation, and Go Pack Go!

  18. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    You said it Me! Nice job! Keeping carrying the the torch for those less intelligent than us. All we need now is the rest of us to join in and we’ll be alright. We have you Me, and Myself, all we need is I, and we will be complete.

  19. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    I am here, I just don’t like to talk. Like you said though, keep carrying the torch! Go Pack Go

  20. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Dude,…Freeman. Just seen he signed with Denver? Or was is just scene he signed with Denver? No wonder we can’t get English as our official language when our supposed English speaking individuals can’t speak English. How about, just saw he sign with Denver, knucklehead!

  21. By ps on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Bottom line. They knew that there would be an issue at running back the end of last season. No moves were made so this is what we are stuck with. Rodgers is the best but at some point no running game equals no wins. The window of opportunity is now and if we don’t capitalize on it, in a couple of years will all be wondering why we didn’t win more super bowls.

  22. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    “BIG CHEESE”, people on this site aern’t stupid; they can tell your bs, from comments that the real BIG CHEESE puts on here. I’ve been on this site for a long time. Here’s an idea, change your handle to Tinysausage. We come here to talk Packer Football, not read your lame comments, and have you patrol the site like your some kind of spelling, grammar, and punctuation Cop. Grow up and get a life pal.

  23. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Somebody seems to have struck a nerve! Sorry for the fact that I am the real BIG CHEESE. Apparently “You Can’t Handle the Truth!”

  24. By Boblawblaw on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Need help on the O line please. Any running back will do if we have a solid O line. Not to mention A-Rod wont be scrambling for his life every snap.

  25. By nfwfan on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    As like many Packer fans I will keep my faith in MM’s choices, The preseason is nothing to judge the true upcoming season’s results. As far as Cedric, good!. I truely think this will be an asset to the team. Welcome to GREEN BAY Cedric.

  26. By Michael on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    No we don’t need Ryan Grant, He sucked! We need to continue to develop our young RB & give Benson a chance to be a 1,000 yard rusher four years in a row!!

  27. By ps on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Develop what running backs? We need a veteran quick. The window of opportunity will close quickly for this team. Benson will sure be a big help. Wake up people!

  28. By smokin on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    running the ball u need to have someone that can GET some yardage on carries,if not ,running the ball is worthless. No yards and loss of a down wasted! A back gaining yards makes a defense worry about the run. Just to have running plays ur just looking for injuries.

  29. By smokin on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    this year, our backfield has to be like flies on —t! They give the receivers to much space. Also need more movement from the “D” line, when rushing in, move around your blocker instead of dancing with him! I I ready to start seeing some SACKS!!!!!!! LETS GO PACK !!!!!!!

  30. By djenko on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    why did we let the bears get bush..now they have 2 STUD running/blocking/receiving running backs and we got none..Who dropped the ball there….???

  31. By SportsGosu on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Who cares how many rb’s the bears have… our offense is not based around a run game. If you haven’t watched in the past 3 yrs they have worked towards a pass heavy offense with some mediocre rb’s who can run for 3-5yrds. Just remember in the end “The Bears Still Suck!”

  32. By smokin on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    need to work on offensive line so THEY can have running game.Also help rogers from having to scramble so much.REMEMBER! already has had. a couple concussions. Benson will do a good job as long that he holds on to the ball!

  33. By Windycity85 on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Good luck with Cedric Benson. Now you guys have an unmotivated, lazy, fumble/injury prone, rb that thinks he’s entitled to everything.

  34. By Freeman on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Big Cheese or big A-hole? Sorry I didn’t speak correctly in you little mind, what’s with your ‘scene’. Just made an observation, excuse me. I know, I should have spent more time in school instead of your mom’s bed. Eloquent enough for ya? Call the grammer police!!

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