James Starks absent due to injury, personal reasons

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on October 13, 2016 – 11:02 am

161013-starks-950GREEN BAY — Packers running back James Starks will be out of town until Saturday due to a death in the family, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday morning.

Starks also was listed on Wednesday’s injury report with a knee injury after a flare-up during a workout Tuesday. His status for Sunday’s game against Dallas will be determined after Starks returns to the team.

McCarthy said running back Eddie Lacy is making progress after being a limited participant on Wednesday due to the ankle injury he sustained in Sunday’s 23-16 win over the Giants.

Lacy and Starks currently are the only running backs on the active roster. The Packers will use the week to determine what impact the two running back’s situations will have on the offense.

“That’s really what the game plans are for,” McCarthy said. “Frankly, Eddie’s health will have a lot to do with what direction we go. He’s a featured player in our offense. That’s stating the obvious.”

Receiver Randall Cobb (neck) and cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) are getting better after practicing in a limited capacity on Wednesday, according to McCarthy. Both are expected to practice again Thursday.

McCarthy added that cornerback Sam Shields (concussion) will not practice.

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