James Starks' Season-Ending Injury Will Not Cause the Packers to Panic

Eric EvansCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2012

DEc 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) scores on a 22-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings in the 3rd quarter at Lambeau Field.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Packers Nation was sent into a panic late Tuesday night with the report that James Starks may be lost for the season with a knee injury.

Packers fans have seen their team bit hard by the injury bug this season. Starks would be the sixth Packers starter to be placed on injured reserve this season. While this injury certainly doesn't help the Packers, it's also no reason to go into a panic.

Sure, if the Packers relied on their running game to produce the bulk of their offense, Packers fans could all join hands and have a good cry over the idea of Alex Green being the lone running back left from opening day.

Fortunately for them, that is not the case for the 2012 Packers. All they require Alex Green to do is the same thing he did against the Vikings last week: gain positive yards. Green totaled 58 yards on 12 carries and added a catch for 12 yards. If Green can average the same kind of production with just a few more carries, the offense will be able to operate the way it needs to.

The Packers don't need an explosive running game to win games. They simply need enough running game to make defenses recognize the possibility of a run. That is all.

Alex Green isn't all alone either. The Packers were clearly aware last week how thin they were at running back when they had DuJuan Harris taking reps with the first-team offense. Harris showed promise in his short stint with Jacksonville last season and may be ready to help out the Packers offense this season.

I wouldn't expect Packers GM Ted Thompson to go out and sign a running back off the street to try and save the day. Thompson and McCarthy have shown over the years that they trust their players to step in and be the next man up when someone gets hurt.

So do not panic Packers fans. The next man will step in and the Packers will keep on rolling towards the playoffs.