James Starks Injury: Updates on Packers RB's Knee, Likely Return Date
Green Bay Packers running back James Starks was forced to leave the team's Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a knee injury.
James Starks has a knee injury, questionable to return. Johnathan Franklin show in the 2nd half?— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 22, 2013
Starks was unable to return to action and Johnathan Franklin replaced him in the lineup. He will not play in Week 7. Starks is active for Week 8.
From Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
McCarthy on Starks: He looks to be back. ...A lot of jog-through, teaching periods today. Based on workload, thought he looked fine.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 23, 2013
James Starks has been ruled out for Week 7.
Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin has the latest on Jones:
He has not been ruled out despite suffering the injury, reportedly a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, on his eighth snap against the Ravens, but he did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and coach Mike McCarthy said it will be “close” if Jones is able to practice Friday.
Asked during his weekly radio show on 101.1 FM WIXX in Green Bay Thursday evening if he will play against the Browns, Jones replied: “I don't know. I'm going to try running tomorrow.”
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 13
The Green Bay Packers ruled James Starks (knee) inactive for Week 6.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 11
Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel passes along this quote from Mike McCarthy:
"I thought James Starks, just the way he came out of the blocks in his rehab it wasn't going to be extremely long," McCarthy said. "But he's getting close. I'm told he's feeling better, and he's got a great outlook on it, so I don't think it's going to be as long as some of the past injuries."
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
Mike Vandermuse of The Green Bay Post-Gazette has the latest news on Starks, and it isn't good:
James Starks (knee) and Greg Van Roten (foot) were ruled out of Sunday’s game, while Jarrett Bush (hamstring) didn’t practice.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
James Starks is inactive for Week 5, according to the Green Bay Packers.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 2
From ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
#Packers ruled out RB James Starks (knee), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) and G Greg Van Roten (foot).— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 2, 2013
From Tyler Dunne of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
McCarthy: James Starks (knee) "in category of a couple weeks." #packers— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 2, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 24
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed James Starks likely would be unable to play this week if the Packers had a game:
James Starks is hoping for the best. His knee got "bent up the wrong way, got twisted up" when he jumped into the air and landed awkwardly in the first half of Green Bay's 34-30 loss to Cincinnati Sunday. He speculated that the ligaments may have been strained.
[Monday] morning, Starks had a MRI performed on the knee and now he's waiting on the results.
If the Packers needed to play this week, Starks doesn't believe he'd be ready. There's still swelling in his knee.
Dunne followed with a statement from Starks discussing his injury suffered in Week 3 against the Bengals:
"More time to heal and get right and get back to doing what I was trying to do," Starks said on the bye week. "I'm hoping. I prayed about it. So hopefully everything goes how I want it to go. It's God's plan. I'll just make the best of it.
"They're just making sure everything is good from the swelling and everything. But it feels better than it did."
After the game, James Starks was unable to give an update on his condition (via Justin Felder of Fox 11 in Green Bay).
James Starks struck me as really disappointed by his exit. Said he has no idea severity of injury. Going to pray on it, he said.— Justin Felder (@Justin_Felder) September 22, 2013
Starks drew the start for Green Bay with Eddie Lacy out due to a concussion. Last week, he rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown in relief of the rookie, earning himself the lion's share of the work for the matchup with Cincinnati.
Unfortunately for Starks, he wasn't able to fully capitalize on the opportunity due to this injury. He gained 55 yards on 14 carries before getting taken out of the game and was well on his way to a heavy workload.
Fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin should take over the starter's role with both Lacy and Starks sidelined. It means he should be very busy in the second half of Sunday's game unless the Buffalo product is deemed fit to return.
Just when the Packers think they find some stability in the backfield, they suffer another setback.
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