Green Bay Packers: Injury Tragically Ends RB Johnathan Franklin's Career

By Chris Ross
Andrew Weber- USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Weber- USA TODAY Sports

A fourth-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft, Johnathan Franklin looked like a steal for the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately for both the team and Franklin, a neck injury he suffered in his rookie year will end his career with the team.

Drafted to combine with fellow running back Eddie Lacy to give the Packers a dangerous 1-2 punch in the backfield, this is a loss that will drastically change the team’s long-term plans in the running game. Whereas Franklin provided a nice change of pace to Lacy’s downhill style, guys like James Starks and DuJuan Harris just don’t provide the same shiftiness and explosion as Franklin.

It’s always tough to see a player’s career end due to injury, especially when that player was someone as promising as Franklin. And while there is still a slight chance Franklin could continue to recover and eventually sign with a new team, it’s extremely unlikely. Even as good as Franklin’s potential is, no NFL team is going to want to take a risk on a player with injury concerns as serious as Franklin’s are.

Overall, this is a big loss to the Green Bay Packers’ backfield, and is a tough situation to watch play out. Nobody likes to see a young player like Franklin lose his career to an injury, however, when it does happen, it serves as a warning to players everywhere. Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, and before you know it, a player’s career could be over before it’s even able to really start.

We wish Franklin the best of luck moving forward, and wish him returned good health in the future.

Chris Ross is an NFL draft writer at You can follow him on Twitter, @DraftScout_NFL, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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