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Green Bay Falls to Tennesee but the packers show their depth

Joe Robbins

During the off season Green Bay had a decision to make. What to do about James Starks, who after four seasons had been both brilliant and somewhat injury prone. Starks was a key contributor in the Packers last Super Bowl run but Green Bay drafted Eddie Lacy and seemed to settle on him last season.

James Starks' contract expired after last season and despite one of the best per carry averages in the NFL the packers were unsure if they wanted to sign Starks back on. The former Buffalo Bull was working out with other NFL teams when Green Bay decided bring him back by signing him to a new contract.

Shortly after the announcement that Starks was going to stay in Wisconsin the Packers were hit by the news that one of their other back, Johnathan Franklin, would be forced to end his career due to a medical condition.

Packers RB Johnathan Franklin Announces End to NFL Career - Acme Packing Company
Whether you had high hopes for him or not coming out of college, you only heard great things about him as a person. He fought his way out of a rough part of Los Angeles to become a team captain at UCLA. It stinks that following all that work, Franklin's NFL career ends after one year and 11 games.

This left the Packers backfield set with  Eddie Lacy, James Starks, and DuJuan Harris. Three backs who have all been bitten by the injury bug during their career.

Last night in their preseason opener the Packers decided to make a few healthy scratches, among them Lacy and Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Starks had his chance, against a first line NFL defense. He reenforced the wisdom the Packers showed in bringing him back to Green Bay. During the first Quarter he rolled off 49 yards on six carries, including a 20 yard touchdown.

If Starks and Lacy both stay healthy this year Green Bay may have the most potent one two combination in the entire league.