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Benson Likely to Start for Packers

Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Cedric Benson may have gone from out-of-work running back with no prospects to Green Bay Packers starter in a matter of a week.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that third-year pro James Starks will be sidelined with turf toe at least a couple of weeks, making it almost a certainty he won't be ready for a significant role come the San Francisco 49ers game Sept. 9.

That leaves the newly signed Benson, an eight-year veteran with 1,529 career carries, and Alex Green, a second-year back with three career carries, to compete for the top job.

Given Benson's experience and Green's lack of it - not to mention a knee that underwent major surgery last year - it's obvious the veteran is the likely starter. All Benson has to do is show...

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