Green Bay Packers Place RB Cedric Benson on IR

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIOctober 10, 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 have put running back Cedric Benson on injured reserve following his foot injury.

The team reported the news via its Twitter, noting that this does not mean that Benson’s season is over.

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

Benson injured the Lisfranc joint in his foot during the Packers’ 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this past weekend.

As noted by NFL.com’s Albert Breer, the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to tweak the rules for placing players on injured reserve during the offseason.

Under the old rules, Benson would have missed the entire season. But now, teams can designate one player to return to the field under the time frame mentioned in the Packers’ tweet. 

The loss will be a serious blow to the Green Bay offense, which had already been struggling. Benson had received 71 carries and gained 248 yards while scoring one touchdown.

While he was not consistently effective and has averaged just 3.5 yards per carry, his hard-nosed running was able to provide the team’s offense with a balanced attack at times this season. 

Now, the Packers will turn to Alex Green and James Starks to carry the ball. 

Green is in his second season out of Hawaii, but carried the ball just three times last season before his year ended due to a knee injury. He is a speedy back who excels as a receiver, but is unproven in the NFL.

Starks was ultimately disappointing last season, carrying the ball 133 times for 578 yards and one touchdown. He has still not equaled the form he was in during the team’s Super Bowl run in 2010. 

There will be questions at the running back position for the Packers until one of these players steps up or Benson returns.