Cedric Benson Injury: Updates on Packers RB's Foot Injury

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has been forced to leave his game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a reported foot injury. 

UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 2:33 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy, who stated that Benson will not be returning in 2012 since he underwent surgery on Wednesday:

McCarthy: Benson had surgery yesterday. He will not be back with us this season.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 29, 2012

The Packers had managed to win without Benson until last week's blowout loss at the hands of the New York Giants. With the league's 23rd-ranked running game, QB Aaron Rodgers will continue to be relied on to carry the load without a consistently viable runner to hand the ball to.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 10:50 a.m. ET

Rough news for Packers fans and possible fantasy owners hoping for a Cedric Benson return. Green Bay Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky has the latest:

The Packers did not reveal their plans for running back Cedric Benson, who remains on the injured reserve list designated for return. Benson had an doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, but McCarthy said he did not have the results of that exam. There’s growing concern that Benson’s Lisfranc foot sprain will not allow him to return this season.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Coach Mike McCarthy has announced that Benson will be put on the temporary Injured Reserve list, according to the official Twitter account of the team:

McCarthy: Cedric Benson has been placed on Injured Reserve, but on new list where he can return. Practice after 6 wks, 8 weeks out. #packers

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 10, 2012

This comes as little surprise, as Benson's Lisfranc foot injury was expected to possibly end his season. The fact that the Packers are holding out hope he will return this season is the one positive to be taken out of this news.

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UPDATE: Monday, October 8 at 10:21 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Things went from bad to worse for the Green Bay Packers Monday night.

ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed that Benson's injury will keep him out much longer than Week 6:

Cedric Benson has a Lisfranc foot injury expected to sideline him eight weeks and could end his season if doctors determine he needs surgery

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2012

That leaves Alex Green, James Starks and Brandon Saine as the only other options in Green Bay's backfield, barring a free agent acquisition.


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UPDATE: Monday, October 8 at 4:45 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Running back Cedric Benson will not play in the Green Bay Packers' Week 6 game against the Houston Texans. 

ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde reported the following quote  from head coach Mike McCarthy, via Twitter. 

McCarthy on Benson's foot injury: "He clearly will not be available this week."

— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) October 8, 2012

This is a serious blow to a struggling Green Bay offense that will go up against one of the best defenses in the NFL

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 7 at 11:16 p.m. ET by Steven Gerwel

According to Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, Benson was wearing a boot on his left foot. 

But according the Benson, the x-rays taken on the foot did not reveal any damage and he does not personally feel that the injury is a major concern, although more tests will be done on Monday. 

"I was able to walk on it," Benson said. "Guys who have had it usually can't."

Benson was willing to admit that the foot feels tender and that he was removed from the game in order to prevent swelling. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 7 at 6:14 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Green Bay Press Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky, Benson left the Packers locker room with a little help:

Raji walked out of the locker room with limp, Benson walked out in a boot.

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 7, 2012

A boot isn't necessarily encouraging, but Benson's ability to walk at all is a good thing.

Keep an eye out for more updates.

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ESPN's John Clayton had the news:

Cedric Benson. foot injury, return questionable. Andre Brown suffered head injury for Giants. Return questionable.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) October 7, 2012

Here is an ominous tweet from the NFL Network's Michael Fabiano:

Cedric Benson being carted off the sidelines. Not good.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 7, 2012

With Green Bay enjoying a relatively comfortable lead (currently 21-10 in the third quarter), there is little reason to bring back a player to play through an injury. 

Of course, given the fact that Benson needed a cart to get off the sidelines, he might not be fit to return.

Packers fans must now hope that this injury doesn't turn out to be the dreaded Lisfranc, which would likely be the end of Benson's season. Hopefully, the cart was just a precautionary measure to keep Benson off his foot.

Benson is having a decent year for the Pack; he had 228 yards gained at 3.6 yards per carry entering this game. 

He had seven carries for just 20 yards when he left the game. Look for second-year pro Alex Green to get more touches in Benson's absence.