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James Starks could be back for playoffs

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 20, 2012 – 2:13 pm

Mike McCarthy said on Thursday that the plan is to get RB James Starks back from his knee injury for the playoffs, and Starks told reporters that all is going well with his rehab.

“I’m doing well right now, ahead of schedule,” Starks said. “All the swelling and everything is gone, so that’s a positive. I just have to keep getting it stronger so I can cut how I want to and not be slowed down in any way.”

Starks has been out since sustaining a bone bruise on his knee late in the victory over Minnesota three weeks ago. The Packers did not place him on injured reserve with the hope that he could return for the playoffs, and that now appears a distinct possibility.

“That’s what the medical staff is telling me,” McCarthy said.

The knee problem is the second injury this season for Starks, who had a bad bout with turf toe in the preseason that kept him inactive for the first five games of the regular season. Prior to the knee injury, Starks had rushed for a combined 236 yards over the four-game stretch that culminated in the Minnesota game on Dec. 2.

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18 Responses to “James Starks could be back for playoffs”

  1. By corncob on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    We’ll have to just use Green and Harris that much more!!! I like Starks, but missing 9 games out of 14 of the regular season, COME ON MAN!!! It’s like these injury things with a lot of these players is driving me crazy. Is it just me, or doesn’t it look like “well I’m getting paid anyway so, I’ll just miss a few more games”!!! I’m feeling real sorry for Mike McCarthy, who has to live and work with this sort of player in todays world!!!

  2. By Big Cheese on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Starks coming back would be a huge bonus. We all remember the contribution he made two years ago. Go Pack Go…

  3. By WI TO OH on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    I doubt any player wants to sit on the bench for any reason other than his particular unit is not up for action. To me, it just looks like the medical staff is taking the slow sure route to recovery and not taking any chances. That is how I view Woodsons return. Don’t want to rush him back and be without his services in the playoffs. Give him extra wind sprints or something to get the endurance up.

  4. By mike on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    its just time for starks to find a new home. he cant stay healthy long enough to do anything . we have 2 great rbs in green and harris now so starks is not really needed

  5. By Deadcheese on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Has everyone forgotten about Grant!? He was THE RB for the Pack until he broke his ankle back in 2010. He came back in 2011 and STILL killed it! Remember that run in 2011 vs Oakland that went for 60-something yards? Or how about the one, that same season, vs Chicago? I agree with what Grant said himself: everyone expects him to be at his breaking point, which every RB gets to around his age, but he hasn’t had the wear and tear that most RB’s are put through by the time they get to 30yrs old, or so. He missed almost two full seasons so who’s to say he still doesn’t have what it takes physically? I am 100% for Ryan Grant to get more carries and hopefully he will. IMO, whomever chose Brandon Jackson, Brandon Saine, James Starks, Alex Green, etc. to come play for the Pack has chosen below-average backs to fill in the spot which Grant held a tight grip on until he broke his ankle. Who took the snaps most of the time from 2007- Week 1, 2010? Ryan Grant! Since then, two or more RB’s have had to share the load. Again, I’m definitely rooting for Grant but, at the same time, I will NOT wish to see anything less than spectacular prrformances by Green and Harris, maybe even Starks, to take us into a serious, deep playoff push and make our way to the Super Bowl!! Go Pack Go!

  6. By NlGERIAGUE$T on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    consumption of fresh, warm camel feces has been recommended by Bedouins as a remedy for bacterial dysentery

  7. By Apes on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Grant (lebowski’s butler) has fumbleitis

  8. By Pack4ever12 on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Valiant effort to be where they are but I am reserved about playoffs when your kicker can’t hit water falling out of a boat and players droppin like flies with injuries. Anything is possible though so God please help your Green Bay Packers…

  9. By jefferson8822 on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    In response to Deadcheese, we were better off without Grant.I was so happy in the beginning of the season when we didn’t bring Ryan Grant back. He sucks, plain and simple. If he is running the ball and the hole closes up, consider the play over. He never puts in any extra effort to extend the play. He runs into the pile of linemen and falls over. Green and Harris play like they want every last yard they can get! Hopefully Grant can prove me wrong!

  10. By j.rob on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    rb ryan grant indeed has FUMBLEITIS. we hope this doesnt bite us in the behind come playoff time

  11. By bruce on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have seen Ryan Grant play terrible against the Giants in both games. He had like 17 yards in 2007 and last year fumbled. His best playoff game was against Seattle in the snow in 2007 and he fumbled twice to start the game. Green Bay went down 14-0 in the first three minutes and then the team got rolling and went on to win 48-17.

    I like Green, Harris and Starks because they do not fumble… Grant just needs to hang onto the ball.. Go Pack!! G Force!!

  12. By just saying on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Truth is, and I hate to admit it is, all of the Packers running backs are pedestrian really. Together, we gained 100 yards a game once this year by committee. Lets face it, defenses are giving us the run knowing we can’t beat them with it. They sit back in pass coverage making Rogers earn every bit of our passing game which is risky given he is the most sacked QB in the league.
    Being one dimensional, and having a bad defense kept us out the Super Bowl last year. Without a run game that defenses fear they can be beat with, will be THE reason the Packers wont be a serious contender for the Super in ANY season. TT needs to Know NOW, not 10 years from now that he his wasting one of the greatest QB’s ever by not supplying him with a Marquee running back that can win a game by himself if needed. TT blew it when he left Marshawn Lynch whom Rogers played with in college was grabbed by Seattle. Ted shed the draft and develop philosophy and trade for, or get through free agency, a marquee back. Just think of the possibilities, and how dominating we would be.

  13. By Deadcheese on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    I agree. I was just tryin to, basically, make a point that, IMO, Grant is the best back we’ve had since Ahman Green. Lynch would’ve made us THE absolute most dangerous team in the NFL; given, of course, the fact that we gotta have a better O-line unit, which we haven’t had, at times.

  14. By Mike from Chicago on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Grant fumbled his 3rd carry back. Ugh! When he hits the hole, he is dangerous, but the hole has to be big enough for a truck to drive through.

  15. By Randall L. Pouwels on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    These guys just lack toughness. I can’t imagine Lombardi’s players missing games for things like bruises, for example. Starks should be back in the lineup by now. And how serious is a hammie? Serious enough to miss multiple games?

    I have to wonder, who decides whether or not these guys play?

  16. By Jon on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    You’re foolish, corncob. Every game Starks sits out costs him money. If you aren’t putting up numbers, you aren’t giving teams a reason to give you a big contract. These comment sections are just the wastebin for the most negative thoughts our fanbase can conjure.

  17. By drom9090 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Poof..? Where’d my deeply considered comment go?

  18. By AustinLippert on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    lol all of you who say grant has fumbilitis. he has 8 fumbles in 934 carries. that’s .008 % of his carries.

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