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Cedric Benson’s Season is Over

Cedric Benson

More good news, people! Running back Cedric Benson will not be returning to the Green Bay Packers this season.

Benson had surgery on his injured foot, ending his year.

“He will not be back with us this season,” coach Mike McCarthy said at his Thursday afternoon press conference.

Benson was placed on injured reserve/designated for return after suffering a Lisfranc injury against Indianapolis in October. He was eligible to return to practice this week and could have played as early as next weekend’s contest with Detroit. If he was healthy, that is.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Benson’s injury wasn’t healing as expected. He visited with a doctor this week and decided to have season-ending surgery.

Whether this was another case of the Packers medical staff fucking up, we can’t say for sure, but both Greg Jennings and Nick Perry got second opinions after getting injured initially. Jennings found out his “hamstring” injury was actually an abdominal tear. Perry ended up having a hand injury that ended his season, while the Packers were only looking at his knee. Then there’s Sam Shields, who was supposed to be back a couple weeks ago — until the Packers revealed his injury was more severe than they initially thought.

Add Benson to that list. The Packers only get one “designated to return” exemption and now that player won’t be returning.

Could they have used that designation on someone else who might have actually helped the team on the field during the stretch run? We’ll never know.

It’s good to see the comedy of errors continues in the training room, though. More importantly, you can now probably catch Benson spinning some techno at a club near you.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Adam November 29, 2012

    What the fuck is this shit? How do you misdiagnose an abdominal tear for a hamstring injury? How do you optimistically claim Benson to be near return, then announce he needs surgery 6 weeks after the injury happened?

    Next thing will be news that Matthews actually suffered a concussion, decapitation, and a season ending yeast infection.

    1. therealChuckywasCecil November 29, 2012

      you saved the best for last. “season ending yeast infection” I laughed so hard my kid asked me what was so funny.

  2. TyKoSteamboat November 29, 2012

    Wow…bad news for the Pack.
    Very, very bad news.
    I’m not completely sure how the new rule works…can we bring someone else back from IR.

    Feels like Bulaga is our biggest loss of the year

  3. Cuban November 29, 2012

    This medical staff needs to be brought in for a second opinion and replaced

  4. Iltarion November 29, 2012

    I am not a doctor, so I hesitate to criticize that for which I have no clue.

    However, this is pretty funny/pathetic.

    This reminds me of the SpongeBob episode where Patrick pretends to be a doctor.

    Who is the Packers’ lead counsel? Joe Pesci?

    1. TyKoSteamboat November 29, 2012

      It’s Pepper Burris…
      He’s been around with the team for years

    2. nurseratchett November 29, 2012


      I personally had a flash of Steve Martin as the Barber on SNL…but then again, I’m ancient..

    3. #GetItRightRoger November 29, 2012

      How does ANYTHING remind you of a spongebob episode! Are you 7?

      1. Iltarion November 29, 2012

        No, but I have two 7 year olds. Easy.

  5. Dr. Nick November 29, 2012

    Hey Everybody, I think the packer’s doctors are doing a great job! We went to the same medical school, afterall!

  6. PackerBob November 29, 2012

    Nice, so we wasted that new IR designation on him. Why did it take 8 weeks(?) for our medical staff to determine he needed surgury? And after what has happened with Jennings and Shields. How does the injury get worse than previously thought? Obviously, I’m not a doctor. But I would sure be nice to get an explanation.

    It just ain’t our year…

  7. TyKoSteamboat November 29, 2012

    Now…I’m no doctor.
    But i did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night…

  8. icebowl November 30, 2012

    Good one TyKo…….!
    It’s hard enough watching such a great team get decimated by injuries, without acknowledging misdiagnoses….
    They’ll need to get it together for the upcoming 4 divisional games…..
    It wud really such if Seahawks beat us out for wildcard based on the Failed-Mary win….
    Promises to be a wild ride to end 2012….

  9. Travis Jervey December 1, 2012

    and there goes Benson’s days as a Packer.

  10. Berkan October 13, 2015

    Signing Grant would be an even bigger blow to Ted Thompson’s ardlaey over inflated ego. The move makes some sense in that he’s a bruiser who, if healthy, can sustain drives during a playoff run and keep elite offenses off the field (time of possession). Also, the injuries to Bishop and House in Pre Season Week 1 make this an urgent need. I feel that Grant would’ve been the better signing here, but I felt Lynch would’ve been the better signing back in ’10 when Grant went down but hey, I’m not gonna try and pretend to be smarter than good ol Teddy.