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Benson placed on IR, designated to return

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 10, 2012 – 2:25 pm

Mike McCarthy announced on Wednesday that RB Cedric Benson has been placed on injured reserve with the designation to possibly return this season.

That’s a new rule in 2012, and each team gets one such IR designation. Benson must sit out a minimum of six weeks of practice and eight weeks of games before he’s eligible to return.

McCarthy said the Packers were targeting Benson to possibly return from his foot sprain for the final four weeks of the season, though that’s a premature projection.

McCarthy also said regarding TE Jermichael Finley, DL B.J. Raji and WR Greg Jennings that all three would rehab their injuries this week, and the earliest any of them would return to practice would be Friday. With all three players, McCarthy said he might take it all the way up until game time to see if they’re able to play.


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23 Responses to “Benson placed on IR, designated to return”

  1. By Anthony on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    does this mean Starks is going to be activated then?

  2. By billbill on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    I hope so! Play the back that will do the most for the team, don’t make him earn his playing time..

  3. By Mark on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Starks was the featured back when the Packers made their Super Bowl run, and he also played a prominent role when they went 15-1 during the regular season last year. I’d sure like to see him back in there.

  4. By GO4IT_PACK on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Forget Starks. With his injuries he wont last 3 games tops. The guy to get excited about is Alex Green. When was the last time a Packers back ran for a 41yd gain. I hope he continues to progress.

  5. By GST72 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Both Alex Green and Starks, a long with Saine should be activated for this game. Besides the obvious need to balance the offense with runs we need the additonal blocking to slow down the rush on Rodgers. Also, the gaping hole that existed in the short to mid center of our secondary from last year reappeared in the last game; are players or schemes causing it?

  6. By dave nesberg on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    The good old days when players were knicked up still played.
    I get it if you are seriously injured like Benson.

    Finley? Jennings with all the trainers their to help.
    Stretch out better for God’s sake…

  7. By DoubleDave on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    The last back that broke one that big for us was Grant last year vs. the Raiders.

  8. By Canadian Bill on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Bring od Starks if he is healthy. still have no idea what the big hype was with Benson

  9. By mick on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Another concern going against the Texans is our run defense! The Texans are much more balanced and complete than our Packers. Run or pass they will be hard to figure out. These things are a concern.

  10. By Matt on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Starks is already on the active roster, he hasn’t been playing because he’s injured.

  11. By Anthony on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    @matt last week starks was a healthy scratch. which i understand if his health was questionable, but at least give the guy a chance to prove he can play his best while he’s not 100%. not saying he’s the answer, but if he is close to healthy he very well could be. he gives us the best chance to win right now.

  12. By Jay P on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Heavy doses of Starks and Kuhn in the run game with more chunks of Alex Green on the screen is how to punch the Texans in the throat. Then pop a quick slant to Cobb for the TD or sneak Crabtree into the corner. On defense, rush 5 or more all night! Use more LB’s and Safeties than CB’s against that physical Texan’s run offense.

  13. By bruce on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    I told agree with Jay P. We need to have more linebackers including Moses to with Walden and Perry to stop the run. The Texans wide outs are nothing. Woodson can cover the tight end and just stop Foster and you can win…We had and awesome screen pass with Benson last week that I have not seen this year. What a surprise it worked for almost 20 yards.. Time to step up….

    Last time we were down in Texas we won the Super Bowl. Let’s get our mojo back!!!

    Pack Attack!!!

  14. By Anthony on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    andre johnson is one of the best wide outs in the league and matt schuab is a great, accurate passer. if we focus on the run we’re gonna get crushed in the passing game

  15. By Ryan on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Remember the days of Fischer, Green, and davenport??

    Saine, Green, and Starks could be the new triple threat!

  16. By Tom Kartheiser on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Packers sucked before Benson and the Packers still suck!

  17. By Sockettuem on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    I am curious what we had to give up for Benson. He didn’t add much to the running game and now he is going to sit out a minimum of eight weeks. Hope it was not a lot because he isn’t the answer. It is unlikely he will make a big difference after an eight week layoff either.

  18. By Bart on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    How did we fill the roster spot vacated by Benson when he was placed on IR?

  19. By Howard Paley on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Coach MM. The Packers are playing a boring game of football. They are playing very predictable; no excitement. Even the Miami Dolphins with the same record; are playing better. All you do is pass, pass, pass.Start playing a balanced game,and buy yourself a running back.

    You get so many damn penalties on defense; no wonder you are 2 wins, and 3 defeats. Get rid of Defense Coordinator, Dom Capers. He stinks.

    What happened to WR Donald Driver? He hasn’t been playing. Where is Greg Jennings. Get rid of Jermichael Finley, he can’t hold on to the football. I am a big fan of the Packers; and I don’t like the way they are playing only one half of football. Where is the Secondary, the Defensive, and Offensive lines. Get your heat out from beneath your but, and start playing exciting football or you are gone!

  20. By BAZ on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to see some of the hungry, younger tight ends and backs getting the starts. Mind you I don’t like finley, is that how you spell his name, I don’t pay much attention to a a guy who’s paid to catch every ball, but drops like How many lol !!! especially on third down… But cedric will be missed. he was great for the few games we had him. Coach, go into the locker room and give the ball to green, and say in front of the whole team. ” you are the running back for the GREEN BAY PACKERS KID! think about what that means to you. ” and walk out. Let him look at his teamates, let them look at him. Thats how you build leaders . . thats how you find men who will rise to the challenge

  21. By matt on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    The most durable back on the packers gets hurt .You know this season has been marred anyways .The defense looks good but falls off in the end . Raji getting hurts sucks more because whos gonna clog the line? And Jennings out prob and Finley. Theres a lot to be concerned with the 2012 PACKERS. The offense is off but then again you give an NFL team one year to prepare for you then any offense will struggle. The lost of Joe Philbin obviously is making a difference.Nick Perry likes to disappear for most of games.Hence why you see Erik Walden a lot more.I see a 9-7 team at best right now .

  22. By RNelson on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    Many good comments, mostly expressing fans disappointment. I agree with most-bad line play, finley can’t catch (why pay him big money? Because he’s big and fast? You still have to catch the ball-that’s the whole idea of being a receiver) and poor coverage (or is it defensive scheme?) What difference what RB we play, we can’t block. Fundamentals-blocking and tackling. Glad Vince can’t see this style of play.

  23. By ARoe on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    We need to protect our QB, he has been hit to many times, to many drop backs and this is causing him to hold the ball longer. Get our ground game together. Love my Pack…lets get it together guys.

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