Packers TE Jermichael Finley returns; RB James Starks out 'couple of weeks'
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Packers TE Jermichael Finley returns; RB James Starks out 'couple of weeks'

Big day for Green Bay Packers news. Along with Greg Jennings, tight end Jermichael Finley @JermichaelF88 returned to the practice field Sunday. He had missed the last couple of weeks, including both preseason games, due to a quadriceps strain. The team hopes he'll be able to play in its third preseason game, Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Speaking of a couple of weeks, that's how long head coach Mike McCarthy thinks running back James Starks @James44Starks will be sidelined because of turf toe. He said so to the Packers' official web site on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis:

Finley remains an injury concern because of his past, but he should be fine for Week 1 and once again considered a tight end with top-5 upside.
On Tuesday's FFToolbox podcast, I disagreed with host Ben Standig and fellow guest George Bissell about Cedric Benson @Cedric_Benson's fantasy value. I openly wondered how much Ced had left in the tank after carrying the ball almost 900 times over the past three years. I also didn't think he would be worth your time because he's probably going to split carries with Starks. But now, Starks looks like a 50-50 bet to play in Week 1, and turf toe injuries take a long time to fully heal. It's something that could hamper Starks for the entire season, possibly leading to more carries for Benson. Alex Green @AGreen_20 will probably replace either runner on third downs, but I am starting to like Benson a little more after hearing this news. At the very least, he looks like the Packers' clear-cut starter come Sept. 9.

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