Packers signed RB Cedric Benson for 1 season
The Packers were in need of a running back and Cedric Benson was short of a team that wanted him, so the two got together when the Green Bay Packers signed Benson to an agreement, the team articulated Sunday.
The length of the contract wasn’t announced, but reports said that it is a one year deal.
Benson, 29-year-old, rushed for at least 1,000 yards every one of the past 3 seasons for Cincinnati, but the Bengals showed little interest in re-signing him.
The question is whether he has anything left after 7 NFL seasons and averaging 298.3 carries over those last 3 seasons.
But James Starks, who’s listed as the Packers’ starting RB, hasn’t performed as well as hoped.
Starks suffered a turf toe injury on Thursday and might be out for a week.
In addition, Brandon Saine (hamstring) hasn’t practiced, Green is coming off knee surgery, and Ryan Grant was not re-signed.
Despite going 15-1 in the regular season last year, the Packers ranked 27th in rushing offense.
- Dolphins WR Chad Johnson was let go from jail on Sun. afternoon after being arrested on Saturday for allegedly head-butting his wife and causing a cut, news reported. Internet Sportsbook
Johnson didn’t comment to a bunch of reporters waiting outside the facility when he left.
He has not been charged with a crime yet, though his better half told police she wanted to file charges.
Johnson’s bond had been set at $2,500 and he’d been told by the court to keep away from Lozado.
- Miami Dolphins QB David Garrard responded to a Web report that he injured his knee while playing with his son at home.
Garrard, who has asserted he’ll be out 2 to 4 weeks, does not know just how the knee was injured. He had surgery on Saturday.
Garrard said that he didn’t injure the knee playing with his child, as it was reported.
Garrard was the Miami Dolphins’ projected starter before the injury.
- It didn’t take long for Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck to throw his 1st touchdown pass.
The No. 1 overall draft pick hit RB Donald Brown for a 63-yard TD on his 1st pass attempt of the preseason.
Luck took 24 snaps in his debut, completing 10 of 16 passes for 188 yards with 2 touchdowns in the Colts 38-3 rout over the visiting St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
- Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was taken off the physically-unable-to-perform list, the news reported Sunday.
The move was made before Sunday’s afternoon practice session. Peterson is booked to communicate with reporters afterwards. Peterson had knee surgery in Jan. and has been rehabbing.
Peterson can participate in individual work through Monday, but can’t practice in pads till after that, per the collective bargaining agreement.
- The Jets waived punter Travis Baltz, the team announced Sunday.
Baltz played collegiately at Maryland before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Colts in 2011. He signed with the N.Y Jets in January after getting cut by the Colts.