The injuries continue to get worse for the Packers as a season filled with injuries has once again gotten worse.
Running back Cedric Benson has had foot surgery to repair his lisfranc injury suffered in week five at Indianapolis, effectively ending his season. Benson was placed on IR shortly after the injury but thanks to new NFL rules would have been able to return eight weeks after the injury.
Benson was hopeful to return agains the Bears in Mid-December for the showdown that will likely decide the division. However, his injury hadn’t healed as he and doctors had planned, thus his only option was to have surgery.
Just as the injury situation was starting to look good for the Packers as they were getting Gregg Jennings and Clay Matthews back from injuries this week, and Charles Woodson, Sam Shields and Andrew Quarles in the upcoming weeks, the Packers learned Benson would be shut down for the rest of the season.
The loss of Benson for the remainder of the year, including the playoffs, puts the Packers all the way back at square one. We saw last season that James Starks couldn’t get the job done in the regular season, but the Packers’ pass offense masked many problems last season en route to a 15-1 record. This season is different for Green Bay. They haven’t been as effective through the air as they have been in the past, and the running game has been invisible.
The Packers will ride James Starks and Alex Green for the remainder of the season.
As for Benson’s future with Green Bay, he was signed to a one-year deal in August. It’s hard seeing the Packers bringing him back, especially if they take a running back early in the 2013 draft, which could be a strong possibility. Benson finished the season with 248 yards on 71 carries and a touchdown.