GREEN BAY – Cedric Benson is frustrated, but feeling better – and expects to be ready to go when his eight-week stay on the short-term injured reserve list is up.
The Green Bay Packers veteran running back said after Sunday’s 24-15 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars that his sprained foot is healing, did not require surgery and is on schedule for him to be back this season.
Benson, who suffered the dreaded Lisfranc mid-foot sprain at Indianapolis on Oct. 7 and placed on IR on Oct. 10 with the designation to return, can begin practicing after six weeks and would be eligible to play after eight weeks, meaning the team’s Dec. 9 game against Detroit would be his first opportunity.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s healing up,” said Benson, who had rushed 71 times for 248 yards and a touchdown before the injury. “I like to call my situation more of a sprain. It’s not like I popped any ligaments or tore anything. A lot of stress to the mid-foot.
“They put me on that partial IR deal, so we’re looking at 8 weeks. We’re kind of planning on that, expecting to be good to go by then. Not rushing things.”
Benson said he’s doing his rehabilitation work – which currently consists of working his hip flexor muscles to make “sure things don’t turn off or shut down” and lifting – while also attending all meetings.
“(I’m) working the brain out with the playbook in the meetings. Approaching it as if I’m still playing this weekend, and then when they break to go to walkthrough or practice, I go in the gym,” Benson said. “Things are going good. Strength is coming back, pain is subsiding, swelling (is down), it’s coming along good.”
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