Wednesday is always a good day for surprises and I got one today with the announcement that Green Bay Packers officials are concerned about the neck injury suffered last year by second-year player Johnathan Franklin.
Our friend, Phil Watson over at Dairyland Express, wrote a really nice piece earlier today about the report, stating that Franklin’s injury suffered last November against the Vikings might be more significant than thought.
Really? And this news is just coming out now?
Frankly, this has been the most highly-guarded secret out of Green Bay since the Packers signed Julius Peppers to a late-night contract this past March.
I don’t think I’m the only one surprised by this news.
In fact, it’s so surprising to me that it gets our “What the Hell is going on out here?” Award.
Yes, Franklin was quickly declared out for the season following the injury – a fact by itself that was surprising to us all last November. But there has been no mention of concern about his injury all offseason. Not even a hint from either coach Mike McCarthy or GM Ted Thompson.
According to Watson’s story, Ted Thompson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this:
“It’s too bad he got hurt. He was doing a good job. Everything as advertised. He’s got a nice game. He’s very balanced, quick, heady and confident. No, he hasn’t been a disappointment at all.”
Franklin was expected to compete for a spot on the Packers roster as a change of pace back to go along with Eddie Lacy and James Starks. It’s not entirely out of the question that the Packers may have kept all four backs, but it seemed that if they only kept three, then the battle for that spot would have most likely been between Franklin and DuJuan Harris.
Now it seems Franklin’s future may be in doubt, though there has been no mention one way or the other on that matter.
This news is disappointing and leaves the Packers, if he doesn’t play, one person short in the offensive backfield. If Franklin is healthy, he adds a dimension the Packers could surely use.
As a fan, I was really looking forward to see if Franklin took a step toward improvement.
As it stands now, we may have to wait to see.
Stand by …