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Green Bay Packers’ Cedric Benson Has Lisfranc Foot Injury, Surgery Possible: Fan’s Take

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Sorry, Cedric Benson. Unless your name is Brett Favre, then even the most-durable players can't survive this injury trend that affects the Green Bay Packers. That's especially true for running backs. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported this discouraging injury news via Twitter:

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

The Packers' running back suffered this injury when his foot landed awkwardly in the first half of a game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 7, 2012. Since James Starks was inactive, Alex Green was forced to finish the game. Green had nine carries for 55 yards. However, he was ineffective outside of a 41-yard run in the fourth quarter.

During the preseason, the Packers signed Benson. They signed him because all of their running backs were injured. The oft-injured Starks was recovering from a turf toe. Alex Green was limited because he tore his ACL in 2011. Brandon Saine was also injured.

Starks, Green and Saine are all injury prone. With Benson, the Packers felt like they had a running back who would stay healthy. In the past two seasons, Benson had missed one game. Since his 2005 rookie season, Benson has never appeared in fewer than nine games.

That probably ends with this Lisfranc injury. Even if he returns, it's hard to see him at 100-percent with a nagging foot injury. It's so frustrating to see these running backs fall like flies. This happens every single year. It never stops. It's so strange because the Packers rarely run the football. If the Packers ran the football 25-plus times per game, how many running backs would they need?

What happens now? There was speculation as to whether Starks would survive the final roster cuts. He has been recovering from a turf toe injury. He was a game-day inactive in games against the New Orleans Saints and Colts. He'll almost certainly see his first action during a Sunday Night Football game against the Houston Texans on October 14.

The Packers went 15-1 with Starks. They can win with him again. Other than his durability, I think he's a decent running back. He just needs to attack the line of scrimmage more than he did in 2011. Show that aggressive running style that he showed in the 2010-11 playoffs. Better yet, show that violent running style that Benson has shown.

And while he's at it, eat a green-capped mushroom for durability. Share some with Green.

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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