Cedric Benson RB GB Oct 30 '78

Impending free agent Cedric Benson wants to return to the Packers in 2013.

"Hopefully upstairs feels the same way. A contending team and a team that takes pride in being precise and executing and doing things correct; I'm all for it. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback from teammates and some of the staff. But they're not the ones that make those decisions," said Benson. The 30-year-old is coming off a Lisfranc injury that still has him in a walking boot and isn't expected to be back as the Packers look to overhaul their backfield.

Cedric Benson RB GB Oct 29 '78

Free agent Cedric Benson is considered "doubtful" to be re-signed by the Packers for 2013.

Benson, 30, is coming off a Lisfranc fracture and won't be available for at least part of the offseason. Although he was Green Bay's most effective running back in 2012, the Packers appear to be searching for a longer-term solution.

Cedric Benson RB GB Sep 09 '78

Cedric Benson is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a Lisfranc sprain.

He'll remain on injured reserve through the playoffs. "I thought Benson was playing very well each and every week [before the injury]," said coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers will continue to use an ineffective three-man, fantasy-draining rotation of James Starks, Alex Green, and John Kuhn. GM Ted Thompson's reluctance to part with a mid-round pick for a veteran back at the trade deadline could come back to haunt the Packers. Benson will approach 2013 free agency as a 30-year-old back coming off Lisfranc surgery, which means he will spend another offseason waiting for a team to get desperate before showing serious interest.

Cedric Benson RB GB Sep 09 '78

Per the Press-Gazette, there's "growing concern" that Cedric Benson (foot) won't be able to return this season.

Benson is eligible to come off injured reserve for Week 14, but that's not going to happen. His Lisfranc sprain does not appear to be healing as the Packers have expected and he's admitted that surgery is a possibility. We'll know more by the end of the week, but James Starks and Alex Green are preparing to carry the load the rest of the way.

Cedric Benson RB GB Sep 08 '78

Coach Mike McCarthy does not expect Cedric Benson (foot, I.R./designated for return) to begin practicing when eligible this week.

McCarthy said the Packers would have additional information on Benson tomorrow, which beat writers surmised could be bad news. On the other hand, the coaching staff may simply be waiting for a medical update on his progress. We should have more clarity by Wednesday evening.

Cedric Benson RB GB Sep 01 '78

Cedric Benson (foot, I.R. designated for return) hasn't ruled out surgery.

Uh oh. Benson is eligible to return in Week 14, but that's suddenly looking very shaky. He's going to visit a specialist later this month. Lisfranc injuries are among the toughest to come back from in football, and often necessitate surgery. Perhaps CedBen can put off going under the knife until the offseason, but owners can no longer assume he'll play again this season. His status should be updated in the coming days. If Benson ends up being done for 2012, the Pack will be left with perhaps the league's worst backfield duo in James Starks and Alex Green.

Cedric Benson RB GB Aug 28 '78

Cedric Benson (foot, I.R. designated for return) is aiming for a Dec. 16 return for the Packers' away game against the Bears.

"Cedric had the opportunity to have some testing done (recently) and everything's positive. His rehab has picked up," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Friday. Benson hasn't put a timeline on his return, but did say that he's confident he'll return before the season is over. "I'm kind of looking and thinking the Bears game," Benson said, though the team has left the door open for a possible Week 14 return for the Packers' home tilt against the Lions.

Cedric Benson RB GB Aug 27 '78

Cedric Benson (foot, I.R./designated for return) says his health is currently at "65 percent," but isn't putting a timetable on his return.

"We don't have a start-up date exactly when he's going to be ready," coach Mike McCarthy conceded. "We had some good news in the past seven days." Eligible to return in Week 14, Benson says he's unwilling to hurry back because it's not in the best interest of himself or the Packers. "If I try to rush it, it can really affect me," Benson said. "So I think it's in my best interest as the team's as well and my contribution to the team to come back when it's ready to come back."

Cedric Benson RB GB Aug 09 '78

Cedric Benson (foot, I.R./designated for return) expects to shed his walking boot by next week.

Benson says he's been unable to put any weight on the Lisfranc sprain in his left foot, but that he's "on, if not a little ahead" of schedule in his recovery. "My strength is coming back, the pain is subsiding so things are coming along good," Benson said. "It's one of those deals where you can't do much. But now, I'm at the point when I can start to do rehab." Benson can return no sooner than Week 14, so he won't be helping fantasy teams anytime soon.

Cedric Benson RB GB Jul 21 '782 Comments

Packers assigned RB Cedric Benson (foot) the "designated for return" tag on injured reserve.

Benson can't resume practicing for six weeks, and won't be eligible to return until Week 14. Coach Mike McCarthy is optimistic he'll play again this season, however, saying Benson is a "true pro," and that he can "see him being one of those guys who plays the last four weeks." McCarthy also confirmed the Packers will ride a "hot hand" approach in Benson's absence, with Alex Green getting the "first crack" at carries.