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11:48 AM ET 10.09 | Cedric Benson's injury has left the Green Bay Packers scratching their head. The team needs a replacement to get their running game going again, and they may have an answer on the roster. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, head coach Mike McCarthy is leaning toward starting veteran tailback James Starks. Out since the preseason with turf toe, Starks is reportedly ready to return to action. That would put him ahead of Alex Green on the depth chart.

Green Bay Post-Gazette

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October 9, 2012  11:52 AM ET

Doesn't he need to practice first before you can say he's ready to return to action?

October 9, 2012  12:01 PM ET

The Packers have more problems than just RB. Their OL has given up 25 sacks in 5 games and their DB's can't cover anyone. They might finish last in the NFC North. Go Bears!

October 9, 2012  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Packers have more problems than just RB. Their OL has given up 25 sacks in 5 games and their DB's can't cover anyone. They might finish last in the NFC North. Go Bears!

Funny, the NFC North standings are kind of upside-down from what most people expected, aren't they? Everybody is still close, though, and there haven't been a lot of division games yet.

We got one thing right, though. Most of us thought the NFC North would be entertaining. They've come through on that.

October 9, 2012  12:57 PM ET

things are really looking up for the Packers.... Like the rest of the division

October 9, 2012  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

things are really looking up for the Packers.... Like the rest of the division

HA!

October 9, 2012  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Doesn't he need to practice first before you can say he's ready to return to action?

He's not only a veteran, but a veteran with Green Bay; he knows the offense, should be fine. How many plays he will be good for is another question, but if he rode a bike while letting the toe heal, his stamina should be at least decent.

October 9, 2012  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Packers have more problems than just RB. Their OL has given up 25 sacks in 5 games and their DB's can't cover anyone. They might finish last in the NFC North. Go Bears!

That's why da running game is important, it should slow down the pass rush, Rodgers doesn't need a lot of time to get rid of the ball but a block here or there sholud help!

October 9, 2012  01:39 PM ET

I was apoplectic when the Packers balked at picking up Marshawn Lynch when the Bills made him available and eventually moved him to Seattle.

Now, with a gaping wound in the backfield, I think it's incumbent on the Packers to try and bring in another long-term back. Maybe it's time they renew talks with the Bills and try to grab Jackson?

It would be better than bringing in Ryan Grant off the street.

October 9, 2012  02:01 PM ET

The Packers are currently 2-3.

Their next four games are against the AFC South and NFC West. (@HOU, @STL, JAX, ARI) A realistic 3-1 record from here to the bye puts them at 5-4.

After the Packers' week 10 bye week, 5 of their last 7 games are against divisional opponents. Non-divisional games pit them against a similarly-inconsistent Giants team and an awful Titans team.

If the Packers find their groove after the bye and tear through those important divisional games, they could still find themselves at 11-5 at season's end. If they break even in those divisional games, the best they could hope for is a lot of help to get the 6th Wildcard slot.

October 9, 2012  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Packers have more problems than just RB. Their OL has given up 25 sacks in 5 games and their DB's can't cover anyone. They might finish last in the NFC North. Go Bears!

Last in the NFC North? They might finish last in the entire league. Just who the heck are they going to beat? They have nothing. Gave up Grant so there is not running game. Got rid of Jenkins, there went the pass rush.
Tausher was forced to retire and they let their pro bowl center go, there goes the O line.
Other teams replace these people through the draft. Packers never got that memo.

October 9, 2012  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Packers are currently 2-3.Their next four games are against the AFC South and NFC West. (@HOU, @STL, JAX, ARI) A realistic 3-1 record from here to the bye puts them at 5-4.After the Packers' week 10 bye week, 5 of their last 7 games are against divisional opponents. Non-divisional games pit them against a similarly-inconsistent Giants team and an awful Titans team.If the Packers find their groove after the bye and tear through those important divisional games, they could still find themselves at 11-5 at season's end. If they break even in those divisional games, the best they could hope for is a lot of help to get the 6th Wildcard slot.

Really? Texans, Arizona and Rams kick there ****. The bears beat them and the Vikes twice and the Lions at least once. That's easily 7 more defeats to go with the three they have and this team is 6-10 like the 6-10 team they should be. They just do not have talent throughout this team.

October 9, 2012  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I was apoplectic when the Packers balked at picking up Marshawn Lynch when the Bills made him available and eventually moved him to Seattle.Now, with a gaping wound in the backfield, I think it's incumbent on the Packers to try and bring in another long-term back. Maybe it's time they renew talks with the Bills and try to grab Jackson?It would be better than bringing in Ryan Grant off the street.

The Packers are a passing team; they don't need a big-name back like Marshawn Lynch or Cedric Benson to win games. They won a Superbowl with a practice squad fill-in.

What would help them in the backfield is a quick guy who can block and catch.

October 9, 2012  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

things are really looking up for the Packers.... Like the rest of the division

Heck if the browns and Bills win a couple, it could be the entire league. I honestly believe they are one of the worst teams in football right there with the Bills, Miami, Jacksonville and the Browns.
This is no longer a playoff contender and certainly years away from SB contention.

October 9, 2012  02:20 PM ET

The only reason they did not cut Starks - I think they were waiting for the turf toe to heal then get rid of him, is due to injury. He was always injured in college and most teams passed on him for that reason so he was a cheap pick up for the Pack. He has missed more games than he played in in the last three years.

October 9, 2012  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Really? Texans, Arizona and Rams kick there ****. The bears beat them and the Vikes twice and the Lions at least once. That's easily 7 more defeats to go with the three they have and this team is 6-10 like the 6-10 team they should be. They just do not have talent throughout this team.

Way to back up your rebuttal with absolutely zero supporting facts. That greatly enhances your credibility.

October 9, 2012  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I was apoplectic when the Packers balked at picking up Marshawn Lynch when the Bills made him available and eventually moved him to Seattle.

Now, with a gaping wound in the backfield, I think it's incumbent on the Packers to try and bring in another long-term back. Maybe it's time they renew talks with the Bills and try to grab Jackson?

It would be better than bringing in Ryan Grant off the street.

Being a RB in Green Bay seems to be a dangerous proposition.

October 9, 2012  03:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Being a RB in Green Bay seems to be a dangerous proposition.

With THAT O-line...ANY ball carrier is a dangerous job!

October 9, 2012  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Way to back up your rebuttal with absolutely zero supporting facts. That greatly enhances your credibility.

Actually I have to give credence to his statement "This is no longer a playoff contender and certainly years away from SB contention." As a Vikings fan he has some significant expertise in this area.

October 9, 2012  08:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Packers are a passing team; they don't need a big-name back like Marshawn Lynch or Cedric Benson to win games. They won a Superbowl with a practice squad fill-in.What would help them in the backfield is a quick guy who can block and catch.

They didn't make it to the Super Bowl twice in the last 5 years because of it, The giants rolled them over!! They need a big running back, who can also catch and block!

 
October 10, 2012  11:36 AM ET
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Last in the NFC North? They might finish last in the entire league. Just who the heck are they going to beat? They have nothing. Gave up Grant so there is not running game. Got rid of Jenkins, there went the pass rush.Tausher was forced to retire and they let their pro bowl center go, there goes the O line.Other teams replace these people through the draft. Packers never got that memo.

Last in the league? Really?? Son you need to have your head checked. This is quite funny!!!!

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