Packers place RB Cedric Benson on IR list, could return late in season
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed that running back Cedric Benson had been placed on the “designated for return" Injured Reserve list due to a foot injury he sustained against the Indianapolis Colts last week.
During the Green Bay Packers’ Week 5 game against Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Cedric Benson was tackled in the second quarter of the game by rival inside linebacker Kevell Conner, and sprained his left foot.
Previously, a player placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list was forced to miss the rest of the season. But after the NFL and NFL Players Association made alterations to the policy, each team can place one player on the injured reserve to return once during the season.
According to NFL rules, Cedric Benson will be officially practice with the team in a margin of six weeks and he could rejoin Green Bay Packers’ games in eight weeks. Around that time, Cedric Benson’s Lisfranc injury to the midfoot will have also healed.
Mike McCarthy stated that despite the seriousness of Cedric Benson’s foot injury, the team is “optimistic” that he will play the last four games of the Green Bay Packers’ 2012-2013 season.
There is a silver lining to the situation since with Cedric Benson on the Injured Reserve list, the Green Bay Packers have an open spot on the roster, which they can fill by signing other running backs until Cedric Benson returns.
During five game appearances for this season, Cedric Benson has led the Green Bay Packers’ running game, making up 71 of the team’s total 111 carries for 248 yards and catching 14 passes for 97 yards.
Mike McCarthy hinted that in Cedric Benson’s absence, Green Bay Packers running backs Alex Green, James Stark and John Kuhn could all see time on the lineup.
The second-year running back Alex Green is fast and has the makings of a good receiver but he still has to prove his place in the NFL after carrying the ball just three times before ending last season on a knee injury.
Meanwhile, James Stark, who shone in the Green Bay Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl run, too had a disappointing season in 2011, after carrying the ball 133 times for 578 yards, including one touchdown.
However, Mike McCarthy indicated whichever running back is in bets form up to the weekend will get the start against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
In other injury reports, Mike McCarthy stated that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin injury), defensive tackle B.J. Raji (ankle injury) and tight end Jermichael Finley (shoulder injury) missed Wednesday’s practice. All three have been declared “game-time decisions” for Sunday’s game.