Time for RB to be a Packers priority

November, 29, 2012
11/29/12
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Except on rare occasions, the Lisfranc foot injury ends a football player's season. So statistically, at least, it was wishful thinking for the Green Bay Packers to believe that tailback Cedric Benson would return to play this season.

Benson suffered the injury in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, and the Packers decided to give him two months to see if it would heal enough -- without surgery -- to allow him to return. That made perfect sense, given the NFL's new rule allowing one player on injured reserve to be designated for return, and there was no harm done when it predictably didn't work out.

Benson had surgery this week, according to coach Mike McCarthy. The timing presumably will allow Benson to be fully healthy in time for next season, when he will be a free agent.

Everything about Benson's time in Green Bay -- from his August arrival to his near-immediate role as a starter to the struggles of the players who have replaced him -- speaks to one of the Packers' biggest organizational weaknesses. They entered training camp without a running back they could trust, and their lack of productivity in the running game is one of the major reasons opponents have had so much success slowing their offense with a two-deep safety look.

I imagine that running back will be a top priority for this offseason. Or at least it should be.

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