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23 Johnathan Franklin RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/205 | Birthdate: 10/23/1989 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA | Team: Green Bay | College: UCLA | NFL Experience: 2 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1631945.png | Owned/Started%: 5/0

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Johnathan Franklin's career is over


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that running back Johnathan Franklin "will not be back with us" according to ESPN, adding that the team will make an announcement regarding his future on Friday. Franklin suffered a neck injury last season that put him on injured reserve.

Per Franklin's Twitter page, Franklin says his career is over. "I understand God knows what he is doing and for now he has another platform for me to step upon," he wrote as part of a statement. "I ask that you all pray for me during this transition."

Franklin had at least one carry in four games last season, talling 19 carries for 107 yards with a touchdown along with 30 yards on four grabs, the majority of which came while filling in for an injured starter in Week 3 at Cincinnati. 


Is Johnathan Franklin's neck injury career-threatening?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin has the team worried about his future, ESPN wrote Wednesday. Franklin was put on injured reserve last season after suffering a neck injury and the team is concerned it's career-threatening. Two sources say the team is putting him through tests to figure out whether or not it's safe for him to keep playing football. 

DuJuan Harris back at OTAs, Johnathan Franklin out


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Packers running backs DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin were going in different directions on Thursday. Harris was practicing again according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel while Franklin was sidelined. 

College coach praises Johnathan Franklin


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin received some praise from his old running back coach, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Steve Broussard, who coached Franklin during his breakout year at UCLA, thinks he'll be a fine player once he adjusts to the NFL. Franklin showed his potential Week 2, when he rushed for 103 yards, but only saw six carries the rest of the year. Broussard said the offseason would be crucial for Franklin. He added that he thought Franklin pressed early in the year. Broussard also believes Franklin would perform better with more carries. That could be tough to come by considering Eddie Lacy is around, but Franklin did receive positive reports last offseason. With some improvement, he could work his way into at least a minor role next season.


Johnathan Franklin placed on season-ending IR


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin has been placed on the season-ending IR.

Franklin is dealing with a concussion. He suffered the injury Week 12 against the Vikings. Franklin will have the entire offseason to come back from the injury.


Four Packers ruled out Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Johnathan Franklin LB Jamari Lattimore and DE C.J. Wilson are out Week 13 against the Lions.

Rodgers was able to return to practice Tuesday for individual drills, but isn't ready to return. Franklin is still dealing with a concussion.


Johnathan Franklin suffers concussion Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin left Sunday's game against the Vikings in the first quarter with a concussion. He was then ruled out for the rest of the game in the second quarter.

Franklin suffered the injury on the opening kickoff, which he returned 22 yards.


Small efforts help Packers earn Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) A spate of injuries allowed several Packers skill position players to step up Sunday against Cleveland. Among them was wideout Myles White, who caught a pass for nine yards.

John Kuhn added one carry for four yards and an 8-yard reception. Johnathan Franklin had two attempts on the ground for six yards.


Johnathan Franklin, John Kuhn don't do much Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin and fullback John Kuhn didn't contribute much offensively during a 19-17 win Week 6 at Baltimore. Franklin had one rush for minus-3 yards and one catch for 7 yards, while Kuhn had one rush for 2 yards and two catches for 9 yards.

Kuhn also lost a fumble Sunday. The Packers are back in action Week 7 vs. Cleveland.


Johnathan Franklin has just three Week 5 carries


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin gained just one yard on three carries in Green Bay's 22-9 victory over the Lions Sunday. 

Franklin took a back seat to Eddie Lacy, who had been out since Week 2 with a concussion. Lacy carried 23 times for 99 yards, compared to Franklin's three carries for one yard. 

The Packers travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in Week 6. 


Johnathan Franklin ready for return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin was able to suit up and play in Week 5 against the Lions Sunday, after dealing with a foot injury in practice. Franklin is expected to return to a reserve role with Eddie Lazy back from an injury. 

Johnathan Franklin probable for Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin is probable Week 5 against the Lions.

Franklin has been dealing with a foot injury, but was able to recover through the bye week. Franklin has 13 rushes for 103 yards and a touchdown. 


Johnathan Franklin not a great Fantasy option for Week 5


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/3/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin -- who exploded for 103 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 3 relief of an injured James Starks -- will likely be relegated to a bench role as Green Bay comes off its bye. Week 1 starter Eddie Lacy is expected to return from a concussion and will likely start. 

Franklin shouldn't be outright dropped -- Starks is still injured and Lacy could always take an unfortunate hit and be forced to leave the game -- but Franklin should be left on the bench in most formats. There's always a chance the team rotates the two backs (Franklin and Lacy), but that scenario is highly unlikely, given the Packers' history with its backs. 

Franklin could have another opportunity this season, but he's best used as a bench handcuff for Lacy going forward. 


Two injured Packers RBs practice, one sits Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2013) The Packers returned to practice Monday following their Week 4 bye. Injured running backs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and Johnathan Franklin (foot) practiced, while James Starks (knee) sat out.

The Packers elevated running back Michael Hill to the active roster Monday, which could spell bad news for Starks heading into Week 5 vs. Detroit.


Packers need a kick returner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) The Packers can use their off week to find a new kick returner after they released Jeremy Ross on Monday. Would they consider re-installing Randall Cobb as the primary returner?

"We haven't discussed that," special teams coach Shawn Slocum told ESPN.com. “Our game plan will dictate that.” 

Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin is another possibility. “We’ll put someone out there that can function and do the job the right way,” Slocum said.


Johnathan Franklin nursing foot injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) The Packers announced via Twitter Monday running back Johnathan Franklin, who rushed for 103 yards Week 3 at Cincinnati, suffered a foot injury Sunday. No further update was given on Franklin's status.

The Packers are on a bye Week 4 before returning to action Week 5 against the Lions. Fellow running backs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and James Starks (knee) are also using the bye to recover from injuries.


Costly turnover mars breakout for Johnathan Franklin


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Though he entered the season third on the depth chart, Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin found himself carrying the load in the second half Week 3 at Cincinnati after James Starks, himself a replacement for the injured Eddie Lacy (concussion), injured his knee.

And you could say he made the most of it, rushing for 103 yards on 13 carries in just those two quarters of play. In contrast to the steady Starks, Franklin showed impressive speed and elusiveness, particularly on a 51-yard run midway through the third quarter. His touchdown came on a 2-yard lunge just one drive earlier. As a receiver, he was more than adequate, catching all three passes thrown his way for 23 yards.

But his one mistake was so glaring it ended up costing the Packers the game. On a fourth-and-1 run late in the fourth quarter, he coughed up the football. Bengals defensive back Terence Newman scooped it up and returned it for the go-ahead touchdown.

"It was just a mistake," Starks told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He has to hold it a little tighter. He's going to be a great player. I think he played great."

The Packers have a bye in Week 4, so Franklin will have to wait until Week 5 against the Lions to redeem himself, provided both Lacy and Starks are still nursing their injuries.


Johnathan Franklin a big factor in Week 3


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin was forced into action Sunday at the Bengals, and he was a big factor in Week 3 -- both good and bad. 

Eddie Lacy (concussion) was out, and James Starks (knee) was hurt in the first half. That left Franklin to carry the load, and he did well with 13 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 23 yards.

But in the fourth quarter, with the Packers trying to close out the game, Franklin had a decisive run on fourth-and-1 with less than four minutes remaining. Franklin fumbled, which was returned for a touchdown by the Bengals, and proved to be the deciding margin.

It's hard to fault Franklin for the miscue because he never should have been put in that position to begin with. The Packers had the chance to attempt a field goal, and the decision to go for it ended up as a costly move.

Still, Franklin put the ball on the ground, and it might come back to haunt him. After the big game, Franklin might go back to a reserve role.

He didn't have a carry prior to the game through two weeks, and the Packers have a bye in Week 4. Lacy is expected back in Week 5 against Detroit, and Starks' status should be known by then as well.

It's not a bad idea to speculate on Franklin in deeper leagues as an add, but he won't be featured like he was against the Bengals when Lacy is healthy. And the fumble definitely didn't help.


Johnathan Franklin will get a chance in Week 3


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, who does not have a carry this season, will get some opportunities Sunday in Cincinnati, coach Mike McCarthy told reporters. Franklin will play behind James Starks as Eddie Lacy recovers from a concussion.

Franklin "had a good practice, especially in the red zone," McCarthy said Wednesday. "He'll get a chance this week. He's doing what he's supposed to do."

Lacy has not been ruled out, however.


Packers have game plan for 'every single' RB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Packers running back James Starks broke out for 132 rushing yards Sunday against the Redskins following Eddie Lacy leaving the game with a concussion. However, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday Starks was going to be part of the game plan all along.

"Plan was to have Eddie and James play to a certain pattern of thiings we were trying to do," he said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We'll contiue that. Had things for Johnathan Franklin, too. Just didn't get to them. We have to make sure we have things up for every single back."

If Lacy doesn't play Week 3 at Cincinnati, McCarthy said Monday the team doesn't intend to bring in another running back.

"We're putting together a game plan based on who we have," McCarthy said.


Johnathan Franklin's role remains unclear


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin has had a disappointing preseason and appears to be facing an uphill battle for reps at the beginning of the season, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Franklin might emerge as a chance-of-pace option at some point, but heading into the season his role on offense remains unclear.

Franklin said his struggles have stemmed from overthinking and "making things bigger than what they are."

"Just take it one day at a time," Franklin said, "and keep working."

Johnathan Franklin struggling to get going


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2013) Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin has struggled so far in training camp and the preseason, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The report says Franklin "can't get out of neutral." He rushed seven times for 17 yards in the intrasquad scrimmage and has nine for 23 in the first two preseason games.

"He looks like his numbers," a personnel man said. "He's not a real impressive guy. He plays small, and he doesn't play fast. I kind of liked him in college because he was so productive. But if you didn't know he was a draft pick, you'd think he was a free agent."


Packers running backs have pecking order?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/15/2013) The running backs used in order for Wednesday's "Team run" period for the Packers were DuJuan Harris, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, reports FOX Sports.

James Starks was missing from practice with an illness. It was his first missed practice of training camp.


Report: Eddie Lacy to get 'most of the carries'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) With Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin not showing any "wow" factor yet, fellow rookie runner Eddie Lacy "figures to get most of the carries," reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Franklin is "tough and quick, but has struggled making headway between the tackles partially due to size," the report said.

The paper said Lacy is a lock to make the team, and that Franklin and DuJuan Harris are good bets. James Starks, Alex Green and John Kuhn are fighting for two roster spots, according to the report.


Packers' backup running backs flop in preseason action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) None of the Packers running backs did much to distinguish themselves in Friday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, but James Starks did see the bulk of the carries over Alex Greenand rookie Johnathan Franklin.

Franklin was the second running back to join the offense, as he replaced Starks at the end of the first quarter and rushing for 14 yards on six carries, with two catches for 12 yards. Green entered the game third, but was slightly more productive than Franklin, rushing for 16 yards on seven carries.