Packers quarterback James Starks completely planned to play today. Despite suffering an ankle injury in Week 11 that he subsequently reinjured in the following two games, which then caused him to miss last week’s game, Starks said he was healthy enough to play vs. the Chiefs and there was no reason to sit him out with the playoffs coming closer.
His team apparently disagrees, as Green Bay has deactivated Starks for the second-straight week.
Starks has been OK this season (565 yards, 4.4 yards per carry), but since he hurt his ankle, he’s combined for seven carries and 24 yards in the past two games. Obviously, his ankle was hurting badly enough where he was ineffective when he was actually in the game.
Plus, the team probably doesn’t agree with Starks that there is no reason to be cautious with his ankle with the upcoming playoffs. In fact, there’s EVERY reason to be cautious with the rapidly-approaching postseason, especially considering Green Bay is playing a Kansas City squad today that shouldn’t be much of a threat.
Also, last week, without Starks in the lineup, Ryan Grant had one of his best games of the season, recording 85 yards and two carries on 10 carries, another reason why Green Bay probably feels OK about resting Starks another week.
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