What Cedric Benson's Injury Means for Green Bay Packers' Offense

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor IOctober 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers offense was already underperforming this year.

Now, Aaron Rodgers and the gang need to do their thing without the main cog in their running game, Cedric Benson.

Benson left Sunday's loss against the Indianapolis Colts and is expected to miss at least eight weeks with a sprained foot, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert.

The Packers, who had a running game by committee last season, made it a point this offseason to bring a big back in to take most of the snaps.

Benson ran for 1,000 yards in each of his last three seasons with 19 touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now, Green Bay—with the No. 19 ranked rushing team in the NFL—is back where it started, sharing snaps between a trio of backs that scares no one.

Fellow running backs James Starks, Alex Green and Brandon Saine have their moments, individually and as a group, but none of them will make defensive units think twice about thinking pass, pass and pass again with Aaron Rodgers behind center.

And teeing off on Rodgers has become a pastime for opposing defenses this year, who have sacked the MVP 21 times.

The bad news for Packer fans is that Benson is likely gone until Thanksgiving weekend. The good news? Right now there is no good news.