Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson underwent surgery on his injured foot Wednesday and will remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season, the team announced Thursday.
“He will not be back with us this season,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.
Benson had been placed on the Injured Reserve with designation to return list after suffering a Lisfranc injury Oct. 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. The team held off on surgery with hopes that he could rehab the problem and play again during the 2012 season.
Benson would have been eligible to come off IR next week.
Instead, the Packers will continue to operate without the veteran running back available.
Benson, 29, rushed for 248 yards and a touchdown in five games this season. He also caught 14 passes for 97 yards.
Without Benson, the Packers will move forward with a rotation of Alex Green, James Starks and John Kuhn. Green has 302 yards on 97 carries, Starks 189 on 56 and Kuhn 55 on 16.
The Packers currently rank 23rd in the NFL in rushing, and have an NFL-low two rushing touchdowns.
Benson will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2012 season. He signed a one-year, $825,000 deal with the Packers in August.