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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Packers down to just one running back

By Rob Demovsky

CINCINNATI -- The Green Bay Packers may be down to one running back after James Starks sustained a knee injury late in the second quarter.

Starks’ return is questionable, but he appeared to be walking with a significant limp when he came out of the locker room after halftime.

That left rookie Johnathan Franklin as the Packers’ lone running back.

Franklin, a fourth-round pick from UCLA, previously had played only on special teams but capped the Packers’ first drive of the third quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run. He carried four times for 20 yards and had one catch for 7 yards on the drive that put the Packers ahead 23-14 with 11:40 left in the third quarter.

The Packers started the game with only two available running backs because Eddie Lacy (concussion) and John Kuhn (hamstring) both were inactive.