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Packers' James Starks: Out again


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1/13/2017) Starks (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's playoff game against the Cowboys.

Starks has been sidelined entirely since suffering a concussion during a Dec. 12 car accident. At this point, it appears unlikely he'll play again this season, even if the Packers advance beyond Sunday's game.


Packers' James Starks: To remain sidelined


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1/6/2017) Starks (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's playoff game against the Giants.

Starks still hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion during a Dec. 12 car accident. As a result, him remaining out of contention to play is no surprise, but it's worth wondering whether he'll be available should the Packers advance further than Sunday's contest.


Packers' James Starks: Ruled out again


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/30/2016) Starks (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lions.

Starks hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion after being involved in a car accident Dec. 12. With him slated to miss a third straight game, Christine Michael will once again serve as Ty Montgomery's only backup at tailback, although fullback Aaron Ripkowski has proven capable of filling snaps when needed.


Packers' James Starks: Won't play Saturday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/23/2016) Starks (concussion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Vikings.

Starks was unable to practice this week, which will prevent him from playing for the second straight game Saturday. His absence will leave Christine Michael as Ty Montgomery's primary backup versus Minnesota.


Packers' James Starks: Remains in concussion protocol


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/21/2016) Head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Starks remains in the league's concussion protocol.

Starks has still not been cleared of concussion symptoms over a week after he was involved in a minor car accident, so he will not be able to practice Wednesday. It will be a stretch for him to play in Week 16 if he is unable to practice Thursday, but even if he is able to make it back this week, his role would be minimal behind Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael.


Packers' James Starks: Ruled out for Week 15


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/17/2016) Starks (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Starks did not practice all week after suffering a head injury in a minor car accident Monday, and he will not be able to take the field Sunday. Starks' absence will leave the Packers with just Ty Montgomery, and presumably Christine Michael (illness), in the backfield for Week 15.


Packers' James Starks: Deemed doubtful


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/16/2016) Starks (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Starks remains in the league's concussion protocol after being involved in a car accident earlier this week. Unless he's cleared over the weekend, which his doubtful tag suggests is unlikely, Starks won't be able to play in Week 15. With both Christine Michael (illness) and Aaron Ripkowski (back) listed as questionable as well, Green Bay's banged-up backfield could result in more carries for Ty Montgomery.


Packers' James Starks: Remains in concussion protocol


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/16/2016) Starks remains in the league's concussion protocol as of Friday morning.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said Starks is making progress in his recovery, but it appears Starks will not practice Friday for the third day in a row, which could make it tough for him to play in Week 15 against the Bears even if he is cleared from the protocol prior to Sunday. The Packers will provide another update on Starks' status when they release their final injury report of the week sometime Friday afternoon.


Packers' James Starks: In NFL concussion protocol


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/15/2016) Starks is in the NFL's concussion protocol, as the result of a car accident he was involved in Monday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

While Starks sustained a concussion in the accident, coach Mike McCarthy relayed that the running back was "OK" otherwise. Starks must now clear several hurdles in the concussion protocol, notably clearance from an independent neurologist, in order to gain clearance to play Sunday against the Bears. If Starks ends up out or limited this weekend, Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael would be in line to head the Packers' Week 15 rushing attack.


Packers' James Starks: Dealing with concussion


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/14/2016) Starks was unable to practice Wednesday due to a concussion, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

The Packers withheld Starks' placement in the concussion protocol until Wednesday, and his lack of participation denotes that he's in the early stages. If he's upgraded to limited before the end of the week, he likely won't participate beyond non-contact drills. As the No. 1 running back on the depth chart, he may soon yield the top spot to the next player on the list, Ty Montgomery, who led all Packers to line up in the backfield Sunday against the Seahawks with 30 snaps and 12 touches, outlasting Christine Michael's 17 and 10, respectively.


Packers' James Starks: Non-factor for second straight week


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/12/2016) Starks had two carries for three yards in Sunday's victory over the Seahawks.

It was not long ago that Starks was the Packers' featured back, but he played just seven snaps in Week 13 and followed that up with just seven more in Week 14, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, so it's pretty evident he has fallen clearly behind both Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael at the running back position. Given Starks' declining snap count and depth chart standing -- not to mention the 2.3 YPC he has averaged this season -- don't expect him to be of much help to your fantasy team any longer.


Packers' James Starks: Opportunities fall off in Week 13


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/5/2016) Starks had four carries for one yard in Sunday's victory over the Texans.

Starks returned to action in Week 10 after missing a month with a knee injury and totaled 10, 14, and 22 touches, respectively, between Weeks 10-12, but both his opportunities and production came to a screeching halt against the Texans, as he was limited to just the four carries and was on the field for only seven snaps in all, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Starks was at least a viable fantasy option in November while he was getting the ball, but his usage Sunday -- as well as his season average of 2.3 yards per carry -- signals that his snaps, and likely his touches, will be limited moving forward. If that is indeed the case, expect Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael -- as they did in Week 13 -- to pick up the slack.


Packers' James Starks: Opportunities fall off in Week 13


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/5/2016) Starks had four carries for one yard in Sunday's victory over the Eagles.

Starks returned to action in Week 10 after missing a month with a knee injury and totaled 10, 14, and 22 touches, respectively, between Weeks 10-12, but both his opportunities and production came to a screeching halt against the Texans, as he was limited to just the four carries and was on the field for only seven snaps in all, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Starks was at least a viable fantasy option in November while he was getting the ball, but his usage Sunday -- as well as his season average of 2.3 yards per carry -- signals that his snaps, and likely his touches, will be limited moving forward. If that is indeed the case, expect Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael -- as they did in Week 13 -- to pick up the slack.


Packers' James Starks: 17 rushes Monday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/29/2016) Starks ran 17 times for 41 yards and caught five passes (on five targets) for 27 yards in Monday night's win over the Eagles.

Starks once again struggled to find running lanes, as he's now averaged over 2.8 yards per carry in just one game this season. While that average isn't conducive to fantasy success, Starks at least got a season-high 17 carries Monday, as the Packers killed the clock with long drives late. Additionally, he caught all five passes thrown his way, accounting for a handful of receptions for the second straight game. Although his two-game touchdown streak was snapped Monday, Starks' Week 12 usage is at least encouraging ahead of this Sunday's matchup against the Texans.


Packers' James Starks: Receiving touchdown in loss to Redskins


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/21/2016) Starks carried nine times for 25 yards while catching five of six targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-24 loss to the Redskins.

Starks, who headed the backfield, received his second-highest number of touches this season, and although he could get little going on the ground he was effective enough as a pass-catcher to turn in a respectable fantasy performance. He appears to be locked in for double-digit touches as things presently stand and should remain involved both on the ground and through the air next week against he Eagles.


Packers' James Starks: Scores in first action since Week 5


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/13/2016) Starks (knee) rushed seven times for 33 yards, and caught three of four targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 47-25 loss at Tennessee.

Starks successfully made his return after being out since Week 5 due to knee surgery. He led the Packers backfield in both carries and receptions, but Green Bay had to abandon the run early after getting down 21-0 in the first quarter. Starks' only competition for touches at the moment is converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery, so the veteran running back's workload is expected to ramp up once he gets healthier.


Packers' James Starks: Active against Tennessee


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/13/2016) Starks (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Tennessee, ESPN's Rob Demovksy reports.

With Starks active, Don Jackson will not play. Starks will likely split carries with Ty Montgomery.


Packers' James Starks: Will be game-time decision


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/13/2016) Starks (knee) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Titans, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Starks, who is recovering from knee surgery, was limited in practice all week, and even if he is approved to play, it's unclear what kind of workload he will be given, especially with Ty Montgomery expected to continue getting plenty of work out of the Packers' backfield.


Packers' James Starks: Listed as questionable after limited practices


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/11/2016) Starks (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.

Starks practiced on a limited basis throughout the week, with head coach Mike McCarthy saying Friday that the veteran running back is close to a return. This could still come down to a game-time decision, and it's not entirely clear how much Starks will play even if he's available. McCarthy hinted that Ty Montgomery will likely retain a significant role out of the backfield.


Packers' James Starks: "Very close" to playing


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/11/2016) Head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday morning that Starks (knee) is "very close" to being ready to play.

Starks was able to practice on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday, and it seems he will have a chance to get back on the field this week if he is able to make it through the final session of the week without issue. The Packers will reveal Starks' official Week 10 status at some point following the conclusion of Friday's practice.


Packers' James Starks: Limited practice Wednesday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/9/2016) Starks (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

As expected, Starks was a limited participant, marking his third such showing dating back to last week. He's approaching the four-week mark from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, so there's a chance that he attempts a full practice either Thursday or Friday. Even if he achieves that end or (at the very least) is deemed active Sunday at Tennessee, he'll be faced with the prospect of a backfield headed by wideout-turned-running back Ty Montgomery, who head coach Mike McCarthy termed a three-down back Wednesday.


Packers' James Starks: Likely limited Wednesday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/9/2016) Starks (knee) is expected to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

As he did Thursday and Friday last week, Starks will fit in a capped session to kick off this one. Now embedded in the fourth week of his recovery from a torn meniscus, his next big test will be Thursday's padded practice, after which his activity level could give an indication that he's closing in on a return. No matter when he's cleared, Starks will likely be relegated to backup duties off the bat due to converted wideout Ty Montgomery's recent effectiveness out of the backfield.


Packers' James Starks: Ruled out for Sunday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/4/2016) Starks (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Still less than three weeks removed from meniscus surgery, Starks returned to practice as a limited participant Thursday and Friday, perhaps setting the stage for a Week 10 return -- which would be in line with his estimated four-week timetable. WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness) is expected to return from his own one-game absence to temporarily reclaim the lead-back role, with RB Don Jackson and FB Aaron RIpkowski potentially also chipping in. Starks could potentially displace Montgomery as soon as Week 10.


Packers' James Starks: Limited practice Thursday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/3/2016) Starks (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Starks fulfilled head coach Mike McCarthy's expectation of a limited practice, working in pads and longer than fellow long-time absentee Jared Cook (ankle), per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Only two-and-a-half weeks removed from surgery on a torn meniscus, Starks' presence is a welcome sight for a backfield bereft of depth with Eddie Lacy (ankle) and John Crockett (shoulder) on IR and fill-in Ty Montgomery working his way through a diagnosis of a sickle-cell trait. Starks was expected to log four weeks of recovery, though, so he may merely be approaching the final stretch rather than entering it.


Packers' James Starks: Ready to return to practice


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/3/2016) Head coach Mike McCarthy announced that Starks (knee) will practice Thursday on a limited basis.

McCarthy did not provide any hints toward whether or not Starks could play this week, but his return to the practice field means he is nearing the end of his recovery from knee procedure he underwent in mid-October. With Eddie Lacy (ankle) on injured reserve and the Packers forced to use mainly wide receivers at the running back spot the last couple weeks, Starks could see plenty of action in the backfield once he is cleared for game action. Whether that is this week or down the road remains to be seen.