Nov 3, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Jonathan Franklin (23) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers afraid Johnathan Franklin could have career-threatening injury

Green Bay Packers second-year running back Johnathan Franklin had just 19 carries for 107 yards and four receptions for 30 yards in 11 appearances last season, as the Packers were stocked up at the running back position with top-notch rookie workhorse Eddie Lacy and solid RB2 James Starks in the fold. Franklin was placed on the injured reserve in late November with what looked like a concussion but was later deemed to be a neck injury. He’s still rehabbing, and he hasn’t participated in offseason workouts.

In fact, ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky reports that the Packers are very worried about Franklin’s injury, and they believe the former UCLA Bruins star’s neck issue could be career-threatening. Per Demovsky, the Packers will put Franklin through some more tests in order to figure out whether or not his career at risk, and this isn’t the first time a scary neck injury has threatened (or indeed did) to impact a player’s career. I mean, he wasn’t even the only player on the Packers offense to suffer a major neck injury last season.

If Franklin is cleared, then he will figure to be the No. 3 back behind Lacy and Starks, but that isn’t set in stone either. A quality change-of-pace back, Franklin looked great against the Cincinnati Bengals after injuries thrust him into the starting role, but he was never able to receive a significant opportunity outside of that standout performance.

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  • Tnt SportsTen

    He will be the 4th RB. Harris who was starter going into last year before injury is set to return this year.

    • Phillip

      He’s set to return, but that don’t mean he was set to be the #3 RB. Franklin was just as proven as Harris was but Franklin likely had more upside. Kid had the potential to be a 3 down back in the NFL, was a 4th round pick by Green Bay, he’d have the inside track on the 3 spot and Harris would of had to of proven healthy and beat Franklin out for that 3 spot. Harris was gifted that starting spot because we hadn’t had anybody step up and take it, Lacy would of eventually taken the starting job either way.

  • Joe Soriano

    By the looks of it, I need to stop underrating DuJuan Harris.

  • Tnt SportsTen

    Franklin had more upside? How? Harris produced when he was given the opportunity, he didn’t fumble the ball away like Franklin (pun intended) Lacy would of taken the starting job but they would of mixed in a little smash and dash with Lacy/Harris. Harris was given the starting job because he earned it.

  • Tnt SportsTen

    Harris had 100 yards and a TD in the wildcard game against Minny then followed it up with a 5ypc average against San Fran in the next round. Think about what he can do with a full off-season. Lacy is the pounder, we need a guy that can get to the edge, Harris can do that. I wouldn’t rule out Harris returning kicks this year either. I’m not knocking Franklin, I hope he gets healthy and can contribute, I’m just sold on Harris.

  • Tnt SportsTen

    Official- Franklin is done as a Green Bay Packer. MM just announced the news after GB’s last mini-camp practice. Sad news.