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Green Bay RB Benson goes on IR, could still return

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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He'd clearly gained the trust of Rodgers and McCarthy, too.

"Ced's been great for us," Rodgers said. "He's been a leader. He's had a great attitude. He's been a great example for those young guys about what a professional looks like."

Making Benson's injury even more troublesome is the deep drop-off that occurs after him. His 248 yards rushing was more than the rest of the Packers combined, and Rodgers is the only other Packer in triple digits (108 yards). Alex Green is the hottest of the running backs left, and he's had all of 11 carries — nine of which came in Indianapolis. Of his 57 yards rushing, 41 came on one play.

"I feel good, I feel confident," said Green, who missed the last nine weeks of last season with a knee injury. "The opportunity has presented itself. I have to do my job as a teammate and step up to the plate and help my team win."

The Packers also have James Starks, their leader in rushing yards last season. But he has yet to play this year after missing the preseason with a toe injury. Brandon Saine, used primarily on special teams until now, could get some looks, too.

"We've all got to pick each other up," receiver James Jones said. "There's no magic to it, we've just got to go out there and be the Green Bay Packers."

NOTES: WR Greg Jennings (groin), DT B.J. Raji (ankle) and TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder) all missed practice, and McCarthy said he will wait until later in the week to decide if they'll play in Houston. But Finley promised he'll be ready. "If it's my call," Finley said, "I'm playing."

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