The Green Bay Packers recently signed free agent running back Cedric Benson after many thought that they would go on with James Starks as their starting running back for the season.
Now, in a piece by Rob Reischel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers may part ways with Starks instead. Reischel claims that injuries will lead to the release of Starks.
“Injuries have limited Starks to just 16 games his first two years, and he’s out again with a turf toe. Dating back to his days at Buffalo, Starks has missed time five straight years. At some point, his inability to stay on the field will cost him. The guess is it’s now.”
Starks first emerged as a rookie during the Packers Super Bowl run. In their first game in the playoffs Starks ran for 123 yards, 66 yards in the second game, 74 yards in the third game, and 52 yards in the Super Bowl. For a team that doesn’t run the ball very often, these were impressive numbers.
In 2011, Starks fell victim to the Packers offense. He didn’t get very many opportunities to run the ball. But with Ryan Grant gone in 2012, many expected Starks would get somewhat of an increased role in the offense. That’s why it would be very surprising if the team releases him.
Besides Benson, there isn’t much depth on the Packers squad. Alex Green and Brandon Saine are both unproven backs.