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The Packers are the walking wounded at RB right now, as James Starks (turf toe) and Brandon Saine (hamstring) are out with injuries.
Starks didn't distinguish himself anyway last week vs. the San Diego Chargers when he dropped an easy pass from Aaron Rogers and then fumbled a few plays later.
The injury situation and the lack of production at RB caused the Packers to sign free-agent Cedric Benson. The signing was a bit of a surprise, based on Benson's checkered history with the law and his penchant for fumbling once in awhile.
Benson has practiced for two days with the Packers, but will likely not play tonight vs. the Browns. Ted Thompson told the Green Bay Press Gazette that he was comfortable signing Benson.
Because of the injuries and Benson probably not playing, second-year RB Alex Green should have plenty of opportunity tonight to show how much he has been able to come back from an ACL injury last season.
So how will this all shake out? I don't see the Packers keeping more than three RBs on their roster, along with FB John Kuhn, who just sprained an ankle the other night.
Benson will get plenty of chances to show if he is still a 1,000-yard RB in the last two preseason games, while Green has a real opportunity to show the coaches what he can do.
Starks and Saine are not helping their causes because of being hurt. The Packers want Starks to take hold of the No. 1 RB position, but injuries and not being sure of assignments have hurt his development. Dropping passes and fumbling doesn't help either.
Saine is a complete RB when healthy. He can play on all three downs if needed, plus can help out on special teams.
Undrafted rookie Marc Tyler looked good against the Chargers with his tough running style, but a late fumble didn't help his cause.
All I can say is the next three weeks should be real interesting as to which RBs make the team.