The Green Bay Packers, who have suffered a seemingly unending amount of injuries this season, have had another one that has ended the season of Johnathan Franklin. Franklin suffered a concussion this past week on the opening kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings, in a game that ended in a tie. Franklin’s season ends on a disappointing note, but has had trouble finding his footing this year.
Going into the season, the Packers made a real investment to try to run the ball and take pressure off of Aaron Rodgers. They drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round and Franklin in the fourth round. These two backs complemented each other in that Lacy was a power back and Franklin was an all-around back who could block and catch the ball in addition to running it.
Franklin did not have the season he expected, but did have one game where he was able to show off his talents. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, in relief of Lacy, who was injured, Franklin had an impressive 103 yards on just 13 carries and 23 yards on 3 catches with a touchdown. The problem for Franklin was the last carry of the game was a fumble near the goal line and one the Bengals were able to return for a touchdown that ultimately helped them to go on and win the game. Hopefully, Franklin can recover and show the talent he displayed so well when he was the Mayor at UCLA next season.