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08 Oct 2012

Cedric Benson Has a Lisfranc Injury

It didn't look too bad when he hurt it, but apparently Cedric Benson has a Lisfranc injury and is out for at least eight weeks, possibly the rest of the year. Honestly, this doesn't really hurt the Packers at all. Benson isn't very good, and he has a 0% DVOA right now for a team where opponents never stack the box. But it sure does have fantasy football impact... especially for the Football Outsiders team in the crazy 32-team expert league, where I drafted James Starks two days before the Packers signed Benson.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 08 Oct 2012

4 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2012, 4:16pm by BigCheese


by justanothersteve :: Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:10am

From a DVOA standpoint, it may look like it doesn't hurt the Packers. But McCarthy doesn't seem to trust the other RBs enough to keep to the running game, which in turn hurts the passing game because the other team then doesn't even try to defense the run. Starks is in the dog house (he was a healthy scratch at Indy) and for unknown reasons they don't have confidence in Alex Green. I'm worried the Packers will go back to the same pass-pass-pass offense they did against Indy in last week's second half and also in the first half against Seattle.

by sundown (not verified) :: Wed, 10/10/2012 - 12:34am

What is their problem with Starks? He started 13 games just last year and averaged 4.3 yards per attempt (almost a full yard better than Benson had managed this season).

by BigCheese :: Wed, 10/10/2012 - 4:16pm

I can live with it being DE-fence in football, instead of DE-fence, but seriously, defense instead of defend? That's just wrong.

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by Mike Kurtz :: Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:14am

That is really unfortunate for Benson, but every time I see 'Lisfranc' I can't help but thinking about the Slayers, which makes me giggle, and then I feel like a jerk.