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Packers' James Starks: Four-week absence expected

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(10/17/2016) Starks is expected to miss about four weeks following his knee surgery Sunday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.

Starks has been subject of conflicting reports since news of his surgery to repair a torn meniscus surfaced Sunday. Prior to Mike McCarthy vaguely saying Monday he anticipates a "quick" recovery from Starks, the veteran tailback was reportedly slated to miss "several" weeks. Given the latests news, it appears the latter outlook is closest to the mark and Stark will be sidelined for about a month, creating a significant absence in the Packers' offense. With starter Eddie Lacy (ankle) noticeably gimpy and no other running back on the current roster healthy, Green Bay may be forced to promote Don Jackson from the practice squad and use wideouts Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb more out of the backfield.

Packers' James Starks: Quick recovery anticipated

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(10/17/2016) Starks is expected by coach Mike McCarthy to make a quick recovery from his Sunday morning knee surgery, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

Starks missed Sunday's loss to the Cowboys after having his torn meniscus repaired and will almost certainly be sidelined for this Thursday's game versus the Bears as well, but McCarthy suggested Monday that the veteran should still be back relatively soon. That projection seemingly conflicts with previous reports that Starks could miss "several" weeks, leaving his situation somewhat murky at the moment. While the extended time off following Thursday's contest should help Starks' recovery, further information will be needed before his fantasy owners can shape a concrete expectation of when he'll be available.

Packers' James Starks: Has surgery on torn meniscus

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(10/16/2016) Starks is slated to sit "several" weeks after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus Sunday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

The Packers' backfield will be without its primary reserve for the foreseeable future, which will likely spur a round of workouts and a signing in the next few days. Of course, Eddie Lacy will receive the bulk of the RB touches, but a street free agent or practice squad member Don Jackson could soon be occupying Starks' typical role in the offense.

Packers' James Starks: Out with knee surgery

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(10/16/2016) Starks had knee surgery Sunday morning and will be out multiple weeks, Fox's Jay Glazer reported Sunday morning.

Starks went from being a possible free agent target to someone you need to cut in all but the deepest leagues. Eddie Lacy is the only healthy running back active Sunday morning.

Packers' James Starks: Downgraded to out

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(10/15/2016) Starks (knee/personal) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Starks had originally been listed as questionable for Sunday's contest after missing practices during the week. With Eddie Lacy (ankle) questionable for Sunday as well, Aaron Ripkowki may see a larger role as the only healthy backfield option.

Packers' James Starks: Considered questionable due to joint issues

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(10/14/2016) Starks (knee/personal) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

After missing Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, Starks left the team to attend to a personal matter, seemingly expected back by Saturday. Between the injury, the personal matter and the corresponding missed practice time, Starks would typically seem to be headed for an absence in this situation. However, starting RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is also listed as questionable, and the Packers don't have any other true running backs on their roster. Lacy did get in limited practices throughout the week, but he's likely still dealing with some soreness and also isn't accustomed to a three-down role. The team's lack of a roster addition does suggest Lacy and/or Starks will be available, though not necessarily at full strength. FB Aaron Ripkowski and WRs Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery are all candidates to take snaps in the backfield.

Packers' James Starks: Leaves team until Saturday

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(10/13/2016) Starks, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, will be excused from the team until Saturday while attending to a personal issue.

As recently as a couple days ago it seemed that Starks could start in Week 6 with fellow running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) banged up, but Starks did not practice Wednesday due to a knee injury he suffered the day before, and it now appears he will not get in any work this week. Lacy's health has improved and he is trending toward playing Sunday, so Starks is seemingly looking at his typical reserve role if he takes the field for Week 6. However, with him now less than 100 percent and away from the team, it remains to be seen if he will even suit up.

Packers' James Starks: Sidelined Wednesday

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(10/12/2016) Starks (knee) wasn't able to practice Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

After Eddie Lacy suffered an ankle injury Sunday, Starks received a season-best workload, dashing 12 times for 33 yards and hauling in three of six passes for 19 yards. With questions surrounding Lacy's imminent availability, Starks was a trendy pickup this week, but the tables have seemingly turned with the backup's inability to practice Wednesday and the No. 1 participating in a limited fashion. The situation will be one to watch closely as the week proceeds.

Packers' James Starks: Takes over for injured Lacy

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(10/10/2016) Starks gained 33 yards on 12 carries and 10 yards on three receptions (six targets) in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Giants.

With Eddie Lacy (ankle) removed for good in the third quarter, Starks took over as the lead back down the stretch, in addition to his usual passing-down duties. Lacy's injury didn't appear too serious, but if it does require an absence beyond Sunday, there's no question Starks would get the start Week 6 against the Cowboys. The Packers don't even have another healthy running back on the roster at the moment.

Packers' James Starks: Opportunites are few in Week 3

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(9/26/2016) Starks had one carry for minus-1 yard and one reception for nine yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

Starks' opportunities were minimal Sunday with fellow running back Eddie Lacy running the ball effectively (6.1 YPC on 17 attempts). Lacy has averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his 43 attempts this season while Starks has averaged just 0.8 yards on his 12 carries, so look for Lacy to continue seeing the bulk of the work in the Packers' backfield coming out of the team's Week 4 bye.

Packers' James Starks: Ineffective in Week 2 loss

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(9/19/2016) Starks carried seven times for three yards and secured his only target for 16 yards in the Packers' 17-14 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Similar to the rest of the Packers' offense, Starks was completely bottled up on Sunday, posting an abysmal 0.4 YPC. However, that number is especially worrisome when considering his teammate Eddie Lacy managed an average of 4.2. On the bright side, Starks will have an opportune chance to rebound Week 3 against a Lions' defense that was whittled to just two healthy linebackers Week 2.

Packers' James Starks: Quiet in season opener

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(9/12/2016) Starks had four carries for seven yards and one reception for six yards in Sunday's victory over the Jaguars.

Starks totaled a career-high 191 touches last season as fellow running back Eddie Lacy struggled to produce and stay on the field, but he played only a bit role in Week 1 with Lacy handling most of the work in the Packers' backfield: Lacy tallied 36 snaps and 15 touches to Starks' 18 and five, respectively. Expect those trends to continue unless the issues that plagued Lacy last season start to surface again.

Packers' James Starks: Not playing on Thursday

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(9/1/2016) Starks will not play in Green Bay's preseason finale against the Chiefs on Thursday.

Starks has seen time in each of the team's first three preseason tilts but is being rested now to keep him fresh and healthy for the regular season. His and Eddie Lacy's (rest) absences will allow for Brandon Burks and Brandon Ross to see extensive time in the backfield for Green Bay.

Packers' James Starks: Tallies seven carries in third preseason game

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(8/30/2016) Starks ran the ball seven times for 22 yards and caught one pass for two yards in Friday's preseason game against the 49ers.

Starks has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry this preseason, but he is not being pushed for the backup job behind Eddie Lacy, and will presumably head into the regular season in that role with only the final exhibition game to go.

Packers' James Starks: Runs six times in Thursday's preseason game

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(8/19/2016) Starks had six carries for 26 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders.

Starks did most of his damage on a 24-yard jaunt, but was otherwise bottled up by the Raiders' defense. However, he emerged from Thursday's contest unscathed and did nothing to affect his standing as the top backup behind starting running back Eddie Lacy.

Packers' James Starks: Plays small role in preseason opener

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(8/13/2016) Starks turned five carries into 13 yards, but wasn't targeted in the passing game during Friday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Starks got one more touch than presumed starter Eddie Lacy, but his fairly defined role eliminates the need for the backup running back to see much early preseason action. Second-year man John Crockett was able to find the end zone in this one, but Starks still has a leg up on him after rushing for over 600 yards in 2015.

Packers' James Starks: Capped reps in HOF game

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(8/6/2016) Starks will "probably be limited to spot play" during Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Colts, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Starks' veteran status is likely the impetus for the incoming decision by head coach Mike McCarthy, but the running back is less than a week removed from missing practice for an unknown reason. With Eddie Lacy (ankle) questionable to suit up Sunday, second-year pro John Crockett is line to receive a majority of the running back reps.

Packers' James Starks: Practices Wednesday

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(8/4/2016) Starks returned to practice Wednesday after missing Monday's session due to an undisclosed reason, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Starks had been dealing with cramps earlier in the week, while several days of missed practices were a potential cause for concern. His return Wednesday is a good sign there are no serious issues and he shouldn't miss additional time at this point. Fellow running back Eddie Lacy left Wednesday's practice a bit early, so Starks could be in line for additional reps the rest of the week if Lacy is sidelined, although his issue appears to be minor as well.

Packers' James Starks: Not practicing Monday

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(8/1/2016) Starks is not practicing on Monday for undisclosed reasons, Michael Cohen of the Journal Sentinel reports.

Starks sat out some of Green Bay's practice on Sunday due to what he said was just cramps, but now that it's lingered into a second day it seems it could be more. Whatever the injury is it doesn't appear to be very serious and the running back could be able to return in the coming days.

Packers' James Starks: Will resign with the Packers

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(3/18/2016) The Packers and Starks have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract Friday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Starks, who was reportedly looking to earn a starting role with another team during the offseason, will provide some insurance for the Packers should Eddie Lacy continue to struggle with injury and conditioning issues that plagued him throughout the 2015 season. While this deal will take Starks through age 32, he's never carried the ball more than 150 times in a season, so there's reason to believe he might have some gas in the tank, should he be asked to carry the load on offense.

Packers' James Starks: Interested in finding starting job

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(1/19/2016) Starks, an impending free agent, suggested that he may seek out a starting role this offseason, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "Opportunity is all I need," Starks said. "Could I be a starter? Yeah. Can I handle it? Yeah. But I'm good in any position I play. I'm a team player. I just want to be successful. I want to win another ring."

Starks set career-high marks for rushing yards (601), receptions (43) and receiving yards (392) in 2015, but he also fumbled five times (lost three) and was unable to seize the lead-back role from an out-of-shape Eddie Lacy. The Packers hope Lacy will lose some weight and return to his 2013-14 form, but the team likely still has some interest in retaining Starks, who has never played for another organization. Set to turn 30 in February, Starks is unlikely to find a guaranteed starting job, but he might find a team that provides him with a better opportunity. Of course, he also emphasized the importance of winning, which is something he's grown accustomed to in Green Bay.

Packers' James Starks: Totals 65 yards, scores against Washington

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(1/10/2016) Starks rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and added 12 yards on two catches in Sunday's win over Washington.

Starks helped Green Bay recapture the lead in the third quarter on a four-yard stretch play to the right. Despite Eddie Lacy's struggles, Starks was never able to seize the starting role and the two ended with very similar stat lines - Starks with 993 total yards and five touchdowns and Lacy with 946 total yards and five scores. Not surprisingly, the two split the carries evenly on Sunday with 12 apiece, but it'll be interesting to see if Starks gets a greater share next weekend after Eddie Lacy's late-game fumble. In Green Bay's Week 16 matchup against Arizona, Starks was held to 11 total yards.

Packers' James Starks: Gains 42 yards on 11 touches

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(1/4/2016) Starks had eight carries for 24 yards and three receptions for 18 yards (on three targets) in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Vikings.

True to his word, head coach Mike McCarthy kept Starks involved in the offense, despite the running back's recent struggles holding on to the ball. Starks and Eddie Lacy played to an unproductive stalemate, with the latter gaining 34 yards on 13 carries and seven yards on two receptions (two targets). The timeshare will likely continue in the first round of the playoffs against a Washington defense that surrendered 4.8 yards per carry and 122.6 rushing yards per game during the regular season.

Packers' James Starks: Non-factor in Packers loss

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(12/28/2015) Starks had three carries for 11 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Starks had both his fewest carries and total yards since Week 1 Sunday as the Packers struggled to do much of anything on offense. Fellow running back Eddie Lacy tallied 47 carries to Starks' 23 over the last three games, so Starks is pretty clearly behind Lacy on the depth chart heading into Week 17.

Packers' James Starks: Outproduces Eddie Lacy

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(12/20/2015) Starks had nine carries for 51 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 30-20 win at Oakland.

Starks easily outproduced Eddie Lacy, who surprisingly had just 23 yards on 11 carries. The veteran RB continues to be an asset to Green Bay's offense, although he failed to catch at least four passes for the first time in five weeks. It remains to be seen how the backfield touches will be distributed next week between Starks and Lacy, but they're both likely to have a tough time at Arizona.