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Benson undergoes season-ending surgery

Nov 29, 2012 -- 3:10pm
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GREEN BAY -- While the Green Bay Packers will get one of their impact players back this week, wide receiver Greg Jennings, and are expecting to get back Pro Bowlers Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews in the coming weeks, they’ll have to move on without another one.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that running back Cedric Benson had surgery yesterday on the foot he initially injured against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 and will remain on the Injury Reserved list for the rest of the season. The surgery came following Benson’s visit to a specialist this week in Charlotte, N.C.

Surgery was initially ruled out for what was diagnosed as a Lisfranc foot sprain and Benson was put on the Injured Reserve with a designation to return, meaning he could have started to practice this week and play as soon as the Dec. 9 game against the Detroit Lions.

Without Benson the offense will rely on a trio of ball carriers for the rest of the season.

“Cedric, I felt, was playing very well each and every week as we moved forward,” McCarthy said Thursday. “With that we’ve been rotating Alex Green, James Starks and now having John Kuhn back, I feel we have a good rotation. It’s just really finding the things they all do well and play to that and have that in sync with the run-blocking unit. I thought the way we started last game and I thought Arizona was a good game. If we can just kind of find that rhythm that definitely would benefit us.”

Prior to getting injured, Benson had run 71 times for 248 yards and one touchdown, while adding 14 receptions for 97 yards.

As a team, Green Bay is ranked 23rd in the NFL in rushing, averaging 100.7-yards per game with a 3.8-yards per carry average. Their two rushing touchdowns are the fewest in the league. 

-- Zach Heilprin

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