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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Packers Injury Update: Johnathan Franklin's career in Green Bay is over


By on 6/19/2014 01:10:00 PM

Johnathan Franklin had a 100-yard rushing game early last season when fellow rookie running back Eddie Lacy was out, but he soon took a backseat to the eventual Offensive Rookie of the Year and only had 19 carries in 11 games. Franklin's 2013 season came to an end when he suffered a concussion and neck injury on the opening kickoff in Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings, and now the team fears the neck issue could be career-threatening.

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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