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Benson officially out for season

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 29, 2012 – 3:52 pm

Mike McCarthy announced on Thursday that RB Cedric Benson had surgery on his injured foot Wednesday and would remain on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

When Benson initially injured the foot in Week 5 in Indianapolis, he was placed on IR with the designation to return. But that return now won’t happen. Benson said as recently as two weeks ago that he was going to be able to avoid surgery, but in the end, it was necessary.

That leaves the Packers with three healthy running backs in James Starks, Alex Green and John Kuhn.

“I feel we have a good rotation,” McCarthy said. “It’s really just finding the things they all do well, and playing to that and having them in sync with the run-blocking unit. I thought the way we started last game, and Arizona was a good game. If we can find that rhythm, it will definitely benefit us.”

Last week against the Giants, the aforementioned trio plus Randall Cobb combined for 40 rushing yards on 10 carries in the first half, a solid 4.0 average. But trailing 31-10 at halftime, the Packers were forced to get away from the run. Against Arizona before the bye, Starks and Green combined for 114 yards on 28 carries (4.1 avg.).

“We just need to pick up our end now,” Kuhn said. “I don’t think there’s just one in particular key. I think everybody just needs to detail their job – the line, the running backs, the wide receivers. The running game isn’t just the running back position. Every position falls into it.”


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47 Responses to “Benson officially out for season”

  1. By Rick on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Darn. Darn, darn, darn. Darndarndarndarndarndarndarndarn

  2. By Frankie Rongo on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s the Packers problem!!! Lack of consistency!! One week they run the ball enough to keep front fours back on their heels,,,next week after one or two bad series they totally give up running….Just because they’re not getting decent YPC it still serves a purpose—it would have helped offset the Giants rush,,,and given Rodgers a few more ticks here and there……Same result against Vikes if we don’t keep running….Oh yeah that’s right—This week McCarthy probably will call enough running plays,,,,he just won’t keep it up the following weeks!!!! He better or they’re DONE!!!

  3. By JC on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    HERE WE GO AGAIN-
    FIRST IT WAS JENNINGS, NOW ITS BENSON. WHO DOES THE MEDICAL ANAYLSIS AND ULTIMATELY MAKES THE DECISION TO HAVE SURGERY OR NOT HAVE SURGERY? AND WHO ALLOWS THE PLAYER TO LINGER ON THE DECISION?
    WHY DO THEY POSTPONE SURGERY THAT ULTIMATELY TAKES PLACE? HOW MANY WEEKS HAVE GONE BY ON INJURED RESRVE FOR BOTH THESE PLAYERS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED BY HAVING SURGERY?

  4. By Shilo S on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I hate to admit it, but I had that sick in my stomach feeling from the beginning that Benson’s foot wouldn’t heal without surgery. Hope you stay with us for 2013, Ced!

  5. By Asteron on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Frankie-

    They did not abandon the run because of poor YPC against the Giants. They did it because they were down 31-10. And in all honesty, they had a better run/pass ratio than one would have thought. When the YPC isn’t there, however, the defense won’t respect it and will continue to tee off on Rodgers.

  6. By Taylor on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    JC- They originally diagnosed Jennings with a groin injury because that’s where it hurt and it’s very similar to a abdominal tear. Jennings could have gone without surgery on it and still came back if it healed properly. However, considering he hurt it twice, after it wasn’t healing, he decided to have surgery. The time it takes to recover after a surgery like Benson’s is a long time.. They’re hoping he’s ready by next year. They wanted him back and because the foot could have healed, they weren’t going to take the chance of giving him surgery (losing him for the season) when he had a chance to come back without surgery… Either way he’d be gone for the season.

  7. By Taylor on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    JC- They originally diagnosed Jennings with a groin injury because that’s where it hurt and it’s very similar to a abdominal tear. Jennings could have gone without surgery on it and still came back if it healed properly. However, considering he hurt it twice, after it wasn’t healing, he decided to have surgery. The time it takes to recover after a surgery like Benson’s is a long time.. They’re hoping he’s ready by next year. They wanted him back and because the foot could have healed, they weren’t going to take the chance of giving him surgery (losing him for the season) when he had a chance to come back without surgery… Either way he’d be gone for the season..

  8. By Fubared on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Roatation? Rotation MM? If you had rotation and spelled him from time to time with green, starks he may not have gotten hurt. What rotation. You are old school who doesn’t like to substitute. Was a piss poor coach you are

  9. By Fubared on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Benson has been injury prove for a long time so whats the problem. The pack knew what they were getting

  10. By Tom on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Just another free agent signing gone wrong.

  11. By Jon on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    JC, and anyone else who questions postponing surgery: surgery is a big deal. It’s dangerous. In the medical world, if surgery can be avoided, it is, because any time you have a surgery, there’s an increased chance of many kinds of complications, including death. Once a player is injured, the number one factor is making sure he is healthy long-term. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing.

  12. By Jim Murphy on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    If MM is such a “piss poor coach” then please tell me how did he win a Super Bowl.There are a lot of coaches that are considered to be great that never won one!

  13. By Mark on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe the Packers should invest in a better conditioning coach and fitness/nutrition program. Just sayin! When things don’t work right, go to the source.

  14. By HP on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Since he is now out for the season due to surgery, he recovers fully in the offseason, should TT sign him next year?? IMO, I think the Packers should sign him. I liked what he provided in his short time on the field.

  15. By Pack4ever12 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    What a drag this season has been… At the end we will be left with more questions than answers. I wish they hadn’t wasted high picks on turds like Sherrod and Bulaga. BAP my ars. They need to sign some FA’s to shore up some areas due to subpar drafting by TT. Benson was a reach and I’m not surprised he went to I.R..

  16. By Jeff on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I’m actually really disappointed at the lack of decision making in regards to his injury. He (Benson) spent weeks mulling over surgery or not and when all is said and done it woulda just been better to put him on season ending IR which woulda forced him to get the surgery in the first place.

  17. By Justin on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely Ridiculous!

  18. By Matt on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Coach MM,

    Please play Cobb at running back more often.

  19. By Robert Ossig on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, Cobb in on O and D. capers out on D !

  20. By zdschultz on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    You all were saying this same crap in 2010 when they started 6-6. The Packers will be fine.

  21. By naplespacker1 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Johnny WHITE.. next man up… he has some skills… like to see him on the field.. if he gets cleared to play.. ??

  22. By Skipwyo on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    You guys do not understand what a Lesfranc break is. I had a Daughter that had one that required surgery (~4 months recovery) and a son that didn’t require surgery (~6 weeks recovery). It has to do with a ligament that runs across the bone. If it interferrs w/healing process – surgery. If not no surgery required. The only way to know is to see if it heals. If it doesn’t you have surgery. Beleive me the Packers did it right.

  23. By Ad on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    All I can say is thank got Cedric still has his DJ career (sarcasm). Anyone else think Ted Thomson might not invite him back next year?

  24. By Polish Prophet on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric Benson was just a waste of money. There were younger, healthier, and hungrier players out there that could of been better for the Packers. I hope he doesn’t come back next year and tht the Packers look for some younger players to mold into talent that they need.

  25. By Rusty Draper on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds to me like you are all bailing off the band wagon. Go ahead and jump you are all just a bunch of looser’s anyway. You should kiss the ground that T.T. & M.M. walk on. You are not fit to call yourselves Packer fans . Stay the course T.T. and M.M. and things will be fine .

  26. By Alex on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I am so very unimpressed with most of you fans. Shut up, watch the season. Love the sport. Quit pretending you’re a coach or in some other way involved in any decision-making the front office does. Go Pack Go.

  27. By El Dorado Craig on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    The problem with the Packers falls totally on McCarthy and the coaching staff. They should all be FIRED. For McCarthy to move all of his coaches too coach different positions is obsurd. If you want to learn how to coach a different position, go back to high school coaching. Too move your tight ends coach too coach quarterbacks? Your running backs coach to receivers. Offensive line to running backs. This is the N F L. Ted Thompson will fire all of them, you watch. The defensive coaches will stay.Plus Aaron Rodgers won’t resign with the Packers. He wants to play for the Chargers who are moving to L.A.

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  29. By Rick on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s get it straight here. Had they gone ahead with surgery on Benson’s foot back in October, it would have ruled out any chance he had of playing again this season. So they opted to try the IR exemption on the chance that the foot might heal on its own. It didn’t. So now they’re going ahead with surgery. Got it?

  30. By Jeff Binder on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    “Anyone else think Ted Thomson might not invite him back next year?”

    We can only hope that D.J. World Peace becomes a full time D.J.

  31. By John on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    El Dorado, you’re an idiot. I’m really disappointed in a lot of you bandwagon fans, praising them when they’re hot and whining when they lose a game. Grow up. This is one of the most successful franchises over the last few years. Take a deep breath and enjoy the sport.

  32. By Tj on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I think they should just try getting a speed back am getting tried of these power backs try getting that rb from Oregon ducks

  33. By Barlowmaker on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Mark Murphy and Ted Thompson need to seriously review the competence of their training/medical staff.

  34. By Barlowmaker on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    El Dorado Craig is looking to spoon with a Nigerian.

  35. By Schiejeve on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Even with Benson on the field the Pack would still have a hard time running the ball efficient, why?
    More than half of the time the O-line doesn’t play in sinc with each other on run-defense, inclunding the backs.
    True, Benson would create more chances than Starks or Green, by himself to make a play worth the yards.
    But that comes due experience.
    When the O-line hold theirs, a run play works with Starks or Green in the back.

  36. By chuck on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    cedric will most likely be traded as new talent will be available at running back next year, he is old, I guessed he would not make it through the season

  37. By gbpfan4life on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone who thinks T.T. and M.M. should be fired needs to quit drinking the punch. Being 7-4 with an injury riddled team having first and second year replacement players only solidifies how strong of a coaching staff we have in green bay.
    What the haters are claiming about the coaching is an opinion which they are entitled to.
    What I’m stating is a fact that can’t be debated. We are presently CONTENDING with a 7-4 WINNING record!

  38. By mr knowitall on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Lets face it, Aaron Rodgers is not as good as Brett Favre was. Believe me, I’m one of the best qbs to ever play the game so I KNOW THE REAL TRUTH and you don’t.

  39. By but,seriously!y on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    @ mrknowitall;
    good one!. got any other jokes?

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  41. By Steve B on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Man, there are some stupid people on here today!
    I think Benson was a poor choice and I have always felt that Chris Ivory would have been a beast in our backfield, but c’est la vie. Our running game does need addressing either in free agency or in the draft next year, and if it’s the latter then we need to spend our first round pick on the best running back available. We need a game breaker, pure and simple and Benson was never going to be the answer. Starks is not built to be an every down back (hence the injuries) and Alex Green is little more than the second coming of Brandon Jackson. Our track record with second and third round backs shows they don’t work in this system. This is has to be a first round priority next year.
    After that, we’ve got to do a better job on the o-line so need to spend the bulk of our picks from the second round down on that.
    As for coaches being fired, I think the only one that has to go is Dom Capers. I think we have the talent on D, but for whatever reason his scheme is terrible. How many years do we have to be bottom of the league in defense before we wake up to that?

  42. By mr knowitall on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Believe me the Packers O line is hands down one of the best in the league. Aaron Rodgers simply is not as good as the late and GREAT Brett Favre. I am one of the best qbs to EVER live, I would know, not you idiots.

  43. By Big Cheese on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Bandwagon fans is an understatement. For those of you who missed it on another blog: In the 2010 regular season, the Pack were 7-4, and riddled with injuries, through their first 11 games, and went on to win the SB. In the 2011 regular season, the Giants were 6-5 through their first 11 games, and we all know what happened there. I’m glad the players don’t share the same attitude that some of the supposed die hard Packers fans do. A lot can happen in five games in this league. I’m a believer. Go Pack Go…

  44. By Harold From Jersey on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    You know some of you so called packer faithful make me sick fire this guy and fire that guy rant. Is the season over ? are we at the bottom of the league ? NO so calm down and sit back and watch. NONE of us are coaches or in the front office !!! WHAT HAPPENED TO DIE HARD PACKER FANS HUH ? Sure we could be bettter or wish we were in a better spot but u cant win em all can ya & at the end of the day all that counts is if u won the superbowl not how good your record is in the season. I have faith in my Packers & have stuck thru with them i am a PACKER FAITHFUL since i was 12. Maybe some of u should go root for some other team & stop the garbage and non sense comments! GO PACK GO

  45. By mr knowitall on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    I was probably THE BEST QUARTERBACK TO EVER PLAY THE GAME. You cannot comment on this. Rodgers gotta go, next man up is FAVRE.

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