Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson could miss the entire season, after suffering a mid-foot injury in the team’s 30-27 loss against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon. Benson will for sure miss this week’s game against the Houston Texans.
Rumor has it Benson will miss at least eight weeks with a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot, but the injury could be season-ending, depending on how the Packers want to treat it. Six-to-eight weeks appears to be the timeline in which Benson will be rendered incapable of moving his foot, with surgery.
However, previous NFL players with the same injury have been forced to sit out the rest of the season in order to allow the foot to heal properly. This includes Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, who suffered the exact same injury last November when the Texans looked to be Super Bowl contenders. New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes recently had his season ended with a Lisfranc fracture in his foot.
According to WebMD.com, a Lisfranc fracture affects the bones that extend toward your big toe and your second toe. An injury, usually a twisting fall, can cause these two bones to break or shift out of place.
Obviously, this is a huge blow to the Packers and their struggling offense. Benson gave Green Bay a boost in the run game, which was supposed to allow quarterback Aaron Rodgers to do more offensively. Now the Packers will be forced to use a platoon of Alex Green, James Starks, and John Kuhn. Unfortunately, fans in Green Bay already knows how this will probably work out, as the team did not have a run attack in 2010 with the same strategy.
Green will get a majority of the carries while Starks will get a few snaps (once healthy), and Kuhn will line up on third downs for pass protection. Green finished the game against the Colts with nine carries for 55 yards, including a 41-yard run late in the fourth quarter. He certainly has the style and skill set to be effective but he is no Benson.
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