James Starks RB GB 2 Months

Starks ran the ball two times for five yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

The Packers ran the ball just 19 times in Sunday's game, and primary running back Eddie Lacy accounted for 13 of those carries, which made Starks a non-factor. Starks dealt with a minor injury leading up to Sunday's game, but with the Packers off in Week 9, he figures to be back at 100 percent for the team's next game in Week 10.

James Starks RB GB 2 Months

Starks (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Starks' minor ankle ailment suffered last weekend evidently will not prevent him from playing Sunday night. As a result, Starks should be expected to fill his usual complementary role to Eddie Lacy out of the Packers' backfield.

James Starks RB GB 2 Months

Starks (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday night's game against New Orleans, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Starks has been running well as the Packers' compliment to Eddie Lacy, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. In the Packers' high-powered offense, even his part-time workload gives him flex appeal in some leagues, though the Saints have been pretty stingy against the run in recent weeks.

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Starks (ankle) was wearing pads during Thursday's practice, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports.

Starks' activity level is unknown, but a limited showing is the most likely scenario in his return to drills. In any case, his presence is an encouraging sign as the week draws to a close, with Friday's injury report forecasting his availability Sunday at New Orleans.

James Starks RB GB 2 Months

Starks (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Starks alternated modest showings with no touches through the first four contests of the season, but with appearances in three consecutive games, he's spelled Eddie Lacy admirably out of the Packers' backfield. During that stretch, Starks has averaged nine carries for 37.7 yards and 1.7 catches for 6.7 yards per week, while reaching the end zone on one occasion. With an ankle injury now in tow, though, his status is clouded in advance of Sunday's game in New Orleans.

James Starks RB GB 2 Months

Starks finished Sunday's game against the Panthers with seven carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. He left in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

Starks' injury didn't appear serious, and the Packers may have sent him back out on the field if they didn't hold a large lead. In any case, we'll monitor his practice workload leading up to next Sunday's game against the Saints. Green Bay has been making a concerted effort to get Starks the ball in recent weeks, and he is usually good for eight to 10 carries and around 40 rushing yards in his current role. His touchdown Sunday was a fine piece of running.

James Starks RB GB 2 Months

Starks suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Panthers and is considered questionable to return.

Starks' left ankle needed to be re-taped following a run, but the running back's ailment is considered minor. Nonetheless, given the current lopsided score of 35-3 in Sunday's game, the Packers may opt to keep Starks out of harm's way and on their sideline. Prior to exiting, Starks rushed seven times for 36 yards and a touchdown.

James Starks RB GB 3 Months

Starks had eight carries for 31 yards and two receptions for 11 yards in Sunday's 27-24 victory over Miami.

Eddie Lacy mustered just 40 yards on 14 carries, so the Packers turned to James Starks at times in the second half, especially near the end of the game. If something were to happen to Lacy, Starks would immediately be a hot pickup, but for now his value is mostly limited to deep leagues and as a Lacy handcuff.

James Starks RB GB 3 Months

Starks had 12 carries for 46 yards, adding two receptions for two yards, in Thursday's 42-10 win over the Vikings.

Starks got a bunch of his work in garbage time but also handled a couple of drives during the first half. Meanwhile, Eddie Lacy had his finest game of the season, rumbling for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, with another 27 yards from three receptions. Starks should continue to see a good amount of touches for a backup, but Lacy is still the workhorse here.

James Starks RB GB 3 Months

The Packers will make it a point to keep Starks involved in the game plan moving forward, ESPN Wisconsin reports.

Starks did not receive a carry in two of the Packers' first four games, and both head coach Mike McCarthy and running back coach Sam Gash said they would make it a point to prevent that from happening again. Fantasy owners should not expect Starks to start splitting carries with Eddie Lacy by any means, but look for the Packers to try and get Starks more involved in the offense, particularly with Lacy averaging just 3.0 YPC through the first four weeks.