Packers RB Green suffers season-ending knee injury

Posted Oct. 24, 2011 @ 4:54 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced that Packers third-round rookie RB Alex Green suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team's victory Sunday over the Vikings in Minnesota. "Really unfortunate," McCarthy said of the injury, which was suffered on a first-quarter kickoff and will require surgery. Green had been mentioned as a potential "secret weapon" for the Packers after looking impressive in limited action against the Falcons a few weeks back. In the four games in which he played, he had three carries for 11 yards with a long gain of eight and one catch for six yards.

McCarthy also mentioned at his press conference that the hand injury suffered Sunday by star WR Greg Jennings is not expected to be serious, and that he should be ready to play in the team's next game in San Diego.

The way we see it

While the injury is a blow for Green, a promising performer who was extremely productive at the University of Hawaii, the Packers still appear to be in decent shape at running back, with James Starks, Ryan Grant and John Kuhn manning the fort. Starks came up huge late against the Vikings on Sunday, keeping the Vikes from getting the ball back for one last-gasp drive by moving the chains effectively with time winding down.