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Running backs: Cedric Benson, James Starks, Alex Green, Brandon Saine, John Kuhn
Until the Packers see him in a regular season game, there's still a degree of uncertainty about Cedric Benson. But based upon the team's third preseason game when the starters played the entire first half, Benson gave the impression that he can really be a benefit to Green Bay's running game.
Fumbling has been an issue for Benson for the past several seasons—12 fumbles in the past two seasons alone. In the final preseason game, those concerns came to the fore by losing the ball against the Chiefs. Whether it continues to be an issue remains to be seen.
The future of James Starks is more up in the air than ever. Despite missing the past few weeks with a turf toe injury and no end in sight, the Packers decided not to place Starks on injured reserve. They are, however, at a point that they can no long rely upon Starks until he proves he can stay healthy.
Following last year's torn ACL, Alex Green has done nothing but good things upon his return. He hasn't exactly wowed anyone during training camp, but he's stayed healthy and durable, which is more than can be said about Starks. For at least the early going, Green will back up Benson, and he's probably only going to get better each day removed from his debilitating knee injury a year ago.
The Packers put some faith in Brandon Saine even though he missed several weeks of camp with a hamstring injury. If healthy, he has the potential to be Packers' third down back considering his speed and receiving ability out of the backfield.
For the time being, the third-down back role goes to John Kuhn who's also the only fullback on the Packers' roster. Kuhn isn't going to blow anyone away, but he's a reliable blocker, receiver and short-yardage runner.