James Starks runs for a second half touchdown against the Washington Redskins last season. Brian Jopek photograph

Green Bay Packers RB James Starks named starter versus Bengals

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James Starks (left) will start for the Green Bay Packers this coming Sunday.

James Starks (left) will start for the Green Bay Packers this coming Sunday. Brian Jopek photograph

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to announced today that running back James Starks wIll be the starter when the team hits the field Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

OK, color me surprised.

It was prett obvious that after rookie Eddie Lacy went down last Week with a concussion last weekend against the Washington Redskins that Starks would be up again this week against the Bengals.

However, Because the Packers are thin at running back, dont be surprised if the Packers script a couple of handful of plays for rookie Johnathan Franklin.

Franklin has yet to see any playing time with the first team offense and this may be the week when he makes his debut. If the Packers run into a tough pass rush, it would be nice see Franklin in the game For a possible scree pass or pitch to not only slow the rush but see what the kid can do with the ball in open space.

McCarthy said Lacy has been making progress in his recovery from the brutal head shot he suffered on his first carry of last Sunday’s game.

Brandon Merriweather, the Redskins defensive back who delivered the hit on Lacy, was fined $42,000 by the league today and in poetic justice, was injured himself in last Sunday’s game when he hit Starks high and in the head.

Starks, who was hung out as trade bait last ooseason, has Climbed from the bottom of the running back depth charts To his starting role with the Packers. The oft-injured back is one of the better comeback stories of this young season. Along with Johnny Jolly, Starks brings a fresh and renewed feel to the Packers.

No doubt when Lacy heals up he will again be named the starter, but in the meantime IT’s nice to See his renewed success and to know the Packers have solid depth at the position.

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