With Cedric Benson out, the Packers have three running backs – former starter James Starks, second-year man Alex Green and Brandon Saine – along with fullback John Kuhn remaining on the roster.
Starks hasn’t played since suffering a turf toe injury in the Aug. 9 preseason opener at San Diego – one day before Benson agreed to terms with the Packers – but was not listed on the injury report in advance of Sunday’s game after practicing in full all week.
Starks has his own long injury history, of course, having missed his senior season at the University of Buffalo with a shoulder injury, missed the first half of his rookie season in 2010 with a torn hamstring and having been hampered by knee and ankle injuries at the end of last season before the toe injury this year.
The Packers are at the Texans on Sunday night in a matchup that could limit the Packers running game on top of not having Benson. This is likely to be a committee situation, and John Kuhn could factor in as well along with the three backs mentioned above. None of these guys are solid plays heading into Week 6.