Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the worst on Thursday, telling the media that Franklin's career in Green Bay is over. ESPN's Rob Demovsky passed on McCarthy's comment that Franklin's situation will be addressed further on Friday, which seems likely to simply be a declaration of his retirement or if he will be waived. The Packers have plenty of experience with neck injuries in recent years, most notably safety Nick Collins and tight end Jermichael Finley, so it's not surprising they are being cautious with Franklin.
Franklin's long-term health is obviously a greater concern than anything else going forward, but it's still unfortunate to see his NFL career end after just one abbreviated season. I do think it's important to note that McCarthy said Franklin's career in Green Bay is over, but we will get more clarity on Friday regarding any remote possibility he could continue his career.
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