Packers Daily Links: Green Acknowledges Benson Will Start

Alex Green says Cedric Benson will be "leading off" to start the season. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Packers running back Alex Green acknowledged in an interview with Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin that Cedric Benson will be the starter in Green Bay, at least when the regular season gets started. "Cedric is leading off," Green is quoted as saying. Green went onto say that it will be "combo" effort between himself and Benson. How much the Packers split carries between Green, Benson and any other running backs remain to be seen.

Speaking of running backs, the turf toe injury sustained by James Starks apparently isn't healing as fast as the Packers would like. "Starks has been out since the exhibition opener at San Diego on Aug. 9," writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Judging by McCarthy's latest update, there's a good chance the third-year back will not be ready for the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 9." Not only is Starks losing ground to Benson and Green, his roster spot could be in doubt. For as much potential as Starks has, he just can't seem to stay healthy, and the Packers are probably questioning whether it's worth it to keep relying on such an unreliable player.

More on James Starks' injury comes from and JSOnline.

The very last training camp practice of 2012 was held on Tuesday. It left head coach Mike McCarthy confident heading into the season, but also annoyed at the high number of injuries, which led him to say that something wasn't right. "The unusually high volume of injuries already has coach Mike McCarthy analyzing all aspects of his 2012 training camp schedule," writes Rob Demovsky at "Always one to pay close attention to the way he schedules practice and meeting times, McCarthy said he spent time this morning assessing how he put his camp schedule together." I'm not sure what McCarthy will find, but when combined with the 2010 season, the Packers have had an unusually high amount of injured players.

More on the final training camp practice of 2012 comes from Packer Report, the Packers official website, and the Press-Gazette.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke about his pie in the face that occurred at the hands of fullback John Kuhn on Monday. “You know what? I can appreciate a good practical joke. I think in order to be someone who enjoys doing those things, you have to know at some point it’s going to come back to you,” Rodgers is quoted as saying at “I didn’t expect my old partner Brett Goode to be a part of that. He was kind of distracting me in the back and taking my attention over there, while John snuck around and got by JB (PR man Jonathan Butnick) and got me in the face. But I respect the prank.” Rodgers is likely plotting revenge at the moment.

More on the Aaron Rodgers prank comes from the Press-Gazette.

Aaron Rodgers hasn't had a very good preseason, but he and offensive coordinator Tom Clements aren't worried, from and Packer Report.

Rookie offensive lineman Don Barclay is featured in an article by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Two weeks ago, Barclay appeared to rank no higher than 11th among the 16 O-linemen in training camp," writes McGinn. "Today, he might very well rank eighth, and the Packers will keep at least eight at the position if not one more." Barclay is certainly stating his case to be kept on the 53-man roster, but he's not a guarantee. It helps that he's been able to play both guard and tackle on both the right and left sides of the offensive line.

Other player features published today include James Jones at the Journal Sentinel, Daniel Muir at, Clay Matthews at Fox Sports Wisconsin, Jarrett Boykin at the Press-Gazette and Tramon Williams at Packer Report.

Wide receiver Donald Driver has a message for his critics at JSOnline.

A training camp round-up appears at the Press-Gazette.

The Press-Gazette calls the cornerback competition a three-way battle with Davon House limited by a shoulder injury.

General manager Ted Thompson commented upon Jarius Wynn and Desmond Bishop at and the final preseason game at JSOnline.

The depth of the defensive line is noted at

The Packers are thin at tight end entering the final preseason game, according to the Press-Gazette.

The roster bubble is broken down by Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda.

The defense is trending upward, from Mike Spofford of

A 53-man roster prediction is given a shot by Marques Eversoll at

Video: A team blanket from 1926 was donated to the Packers Hall of Fame, from Fox 11...

Brian Carriveau is the editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email

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