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Monday, September 16, 2013
Starks' production eases Packers concerns

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers either believe in running back James Starks or think Eddie Lacy's concussion won’t keep him out for very long.

Whatever the case, coach Mike McCarthy on Monday indicated that general manager Ted Thompson likely won’t sign a running back this week after a concussion knocked Lacy out of Sunday’s 38-20 victory over the Washington Redskins.

“We’re putting together a game plan based on the people that are here,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy gave no updates on Lacy’s condition on Monday, making it nearly impossible to determine his status for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati.

Starks is coming off perhaps the finest performance of his injury-filled, four-year NFL career. He rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries, snapping the Packers’ streak of 44 consecutive games without a 100-yard rusher.

James Starks
James Starks' 132-yard outburst Sunday was a milestone for the Packers' running game.
The Packers finished the game with just two available backs -- Starks and rookie Johnathan Franklin -- after Lacy was ruled out and fullback John Kuhn dropped out because of a hamstring injury. Franklin has played only on special teams so far.

“Going into last week and this week, the plan was to have Eddie and James kinda play to a certain pattern of things that we were trying to do, and we’ll just continue that way, too,” McCarthy said. “I had a number of things for Johnathan this week we just didn’t get to. There’s things for John Kuhn in there, too. You don’t just go into a game preparing for 70 plays. You go into a football game prepared to go as many different directions as you need to, and that’s the way we’ve always game planned. We’ve got to make sure we’re having things for every player that’s up on Sundays.”

Other items of note from Monday were: