ESPN report: Packers' Cedric Benson to miss eight weeks, could need surgery

Courtesy: ESPN

Green Bay -- Packers running back Cedric Benson is expected to miss eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday night. If the veteran needs surgery, he could miss the entire season.

Benson sustained the injury on a three-yard reception in the first half of the Packers' 30-27 loss to Indianapolis.

To this point, he had been the team's primary ball-carrier. Benson had 248 rushing yards on 71 attempts with one touchdown, giving the Packers' inconsistent offense some balance. Now, it's up to Alex Green, James Starks and Brandon Saine.

Starks, the starter a year ago, has recovered from the turf toe he suffered Aug. 9 at San Diego. He was inactive at Indianapolis but likely returns now. Green was up and down in his first extensive action Sunday. While he only managed 14 yards his first eight carries, Green flashed some ability with a dazzling 41-yard run that set up Aaron Rodgers' touchdown pass to James Jones late in the fourth quarter.

The Packers are essentially right back to where they were at the start of training camp, relying on three young backs to carry their ground game.

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