All it took was one play for rookie Johnathan Franklin’s day to be over.
After returning the opening kickoff for the Packers in their week 12 game against the Minnesota Vikings, Franklin was taken to the locker rooms for evaluation on what is thought to be a concussion.
According to ESPN,
Franklin lost the return job after he struggled in the first game against the Vikings on Oct. 27 and was replaced by Micah Hyde. However, the Packers went back to Franklin because Hyde had been limited in practice by a groin injury. Hyde then replaced Franklin on kickoff returns.
Franklin has played sparingly on offense since his 103-yard rushing game at Cincinnati in Week 3. He has had only six carries since, including none in the last four games.
He had 22 return yards on the play, and appeared to also fumble the ball, which was declared by the refs as down by contact.
An update has been released as I was writing this article, and Franklin does in fact have a concussion. He will not be returning to today’s game.