The Green Bay Packers probably didn’t expect to be playing rookie running back Jonathan Franklin in the middle of Week Three. They certainly didn’t expect to be playing him heavy snaps (as in every down) but that’s now the scenario they’re facing after running back James Starks went down with a knee injury earlier this afternoon.
Starks of course was starting in place of the injured Eddie Lacy, who was unable to participate in today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after he suffered a concussion against the Washington Redskins in Week Two.
Green Bay apparently felt confident in only having Starks and Franklin as the active backs on the roster, but given Starks’ injury that leaves Franklin as the only ‘true’ active running back on the roster.
He’s been playing every down since Starks had to leave the field and currently, Starks’ return is ‘questionable’.
The oft-injured Starks isn’t exactly known for his durability, so it might be a bit of a shock to see him return, especially with how well Franklin is rushing in his place (already has a touchdown).