Packers back Cedric Benson to miss eight weeks due to foot injury
Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is expected to be out of commission for eight weeks after suffering Lisfranc foot injury or a fracture and dislocation of the joint between the forefoot and midfoot.
The injury could also end Benson’s season if doctors decide that surgery is the best and only way to treat it, two sources told ESPN.com.
Sources added that the rusher is scheduled to undergo further testing while doctors will take a closer look at his MRI result before making the decision if the injury would require operation.
Benson suffered the injury early in the second quarter of the Packers’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. The eight-year veteran was carted off the field and reportedly was wearing a walking boot after the game.
He has been ruled out by Packers coach for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
The 29-year-old Benson is the team’s leading rusher with 248 yards in five outings this season. He signed a one-year contract with Green Bay last summer after four years with the Cincinnati Bengals. He also played for the Chicago Bears for three seasons.
McCarthy could use Alex Green, who rushed for 55 yards on nine carries against the Colts, Brandon Saine and James Starks to fill the void left by Benson.
“Alex did some good things against the Colts,” McCarthy said. “There’s some things he’ll definitely learn from. He is a young guy that took advantage of an opportunity, and this will be an opportunity for him and James and Brandon to play this week against Houston.”