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|The Packers spent the offseason talking up Starks and his potential as a workhorse back in their offense. Then they signed Cedric Benson midway through training camp after Starks suffered a turf toe injury. Some players spend their whole careers on the cusp of earning a major role and you get the feeling that will be the story of James Starks. A 6th round pick in the 2010 draft, he entered the league with the reputation of being injury prone and he’s spent his career backing up that claim, having missed 13 games of his rookie season due to injury and then three more in 2012 while also playing nicked up in numerous other contests. Starks entered training camp as a solid RB3 with upside given the expectation that he would not be splitting the job with a veteran back like he did with Ryan Grant. However, with Benson likely to earn a roster spot, Starks is a RB4 and most likely best suited to using in the flex role in leagues that use that position.
| Eddie Lacy expected to play -- Sun Oct 16 7:30 am --|
Cobb to see snaps as backup RB
|Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is expected to play… but he’s the only RB who’ll be active. Expect WR Randall Cobb(!) to be the backup RB. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: James Starks was ruled out yesterday. Lacy should be a workhorse as long as he remains healthy. We've noted all week during Lacy updates that Cobb would likely see some extra touches from the backfield, increasing his fantasy value in Week 6.
| James Starks ruled out -- Sat Oct 15 2:30 pm --|
Lacy remains Questionable
|The Green Bay Packers will be without running back James Starks (knee) and may be without cornerback Quinten Rollins (groin) Sunday when they take on the Dallas Cowboys. (Press Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: Starks is dealing with a knee injury and also missed time with the team this week due to a death in the family. Eddie Lacy remains questionable. With Starks out, don't be surprised if Randall Cobb sees a few extra snaps at running back in Week 6.
| Starks out until Saturday, Lacy nursing ankle -- Thu Oct 13 12:30 pm --|
Lacy on track to play
|McCarthy said James Starks is out of town and will not return to Green Bay until Saturday. It means that Starks will have one day of practice at most to test his knee, if he's cleared, as well as wrap his mind around this week's game plan. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: It appears Eddie Lacy is working through his ankle injury and should be able to play this week. Starks is away from the team due to a death in the family. Starks' knee injury could sideline him this week, meaning Randall Cobb could see a few snaps at running back against the Cowboys.
| Eddie Lacy's ankle a lingering concern -- Wed Oct 12 2:07 pm --|
Status versus Cowboys unknown
|GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Eddie Lacy plays on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, he’ll do it without a full week of practice.
The Green Bay Packers running back won’t be on the field for Wednesday’s practice and instead will spend that part of the afternoon trying to strengthen his sprained left ankle.
FF Today's Take: There is a real chance that Eddie Lacy sits out this week. Plan on him being a game-time decision with backup James Starks waiting on standby. Starks posted 103 total yards and two touchdowns against Dallas last December.
| Eddie Lacy suffers ankle injury on SNF -- Mon Oct 10 5:40 pm --|
HC: Injury "not serious"; RB should be fine for Week 6
|Eddie Lacy's injury is "not serious" but not sure of his availability for this week. Cobb is sore and should be fine for Sunday. (Packer Report)|
FF Today's Take: Lacy got rolling a bit against the Giants (11 carries for 81 yards) and is averaging 5.5 YPC through four games, which makes it a bit mysterious as to why Green Bay hasn't called more runs. James Starks has been dreadful thus far and HC Mike McCarthy recently talked about getting Lacy more touches going forward, so this injury - and the fact a Green Bay RB has yet to score a touchdown - may present of a buy-low window for Lacy, who has always been a bit of a slow starter anyway.