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Johnathan Franklin’s Career is Indeed Over

Johnathan Franklin

Word leaked out yesterday that the Green Bay Packers believed that running back Johnathan Franklin had a career-threatening neck injury. You can now officially call that a career-ending neck injury.

Franklin announced that he won’t be playing this season and has been ruled out to return to the NFL.


Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that to the media today saying, “He will not be back with us.”

The Packers are well-equipped to handle the blow, with arguably three other starting-caliber running backs on the roster. Franklin’s story is now one of what if.

He was a fourth-round draft pick last season after running for more than 1,800 yards in his final season at UCLA. In his only extensive action, Franklin rushed for 103 yards against a good Cincinnati defense in week three of the 2013 season.

Franklin was hardly used after that and ended up getting injured in week 12. We were told it was a concussion at the time time. Clearly not the case.

Oddly, we haven’t been able to gather any information on exactly what the problem is. “Neck injury” is what everyone is slinging, but there are a lot of different kinds of neck injuries.

Obviously, it’s a severe injury, but you have to wonder if somebody didn’t mess something up along the way. Only in Green Bay do you go from being diagnosed as having a concussion one day to having a career-threatening neck injury the next.

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. the real russ letlow June 19, 2014

    somebody check the archives, because I swear it was here that I read someone’s comment about Franklin’s injury. Whoever it was said they were at the game, and heard the “sickening” crunch when Franklin was hit in the head. Also said that they thought the injury could be career threatening. Or maybe I’m just going crazy. Slowly crazy….

    1. Dave June 19, 2014

      #4 written by Andrew Chitko
      11/27/2013 – 4:58 pm
      I’m telling you…the sound it made when Franklin got hit sounded like someone spiking a large pumpkin on the sidewalk. It was scary.

    2. The Money Mike June 20, 2014

      Gotta love the internet

  2. Vijay June 19, 2014

    We really, really need to get a new medical and fitness mgmt team in place up there.

    Oh and Mr. Franklin, God has no plan in your life or anyone else’s. Life is controlled by you and you alone. The random shit that happens along the way is just that…random shit.

    But good luck with that pre ordained future theory of yours in either case.

    1. Shawn Neuser June 19, 2014

      If you look at your life and feel everything is entirely random, then I feel for ya. And no, plenty of shit happens in life that you have no control over.

      1. Captain Obvious June 19, 2014

        Thank You

    2. E. Wolf June 19, 2014

      I agree completely Vijay, both about the training and medical staff and the religious bit. God is dead, and if he isn’t, a career ending injury depriving someone of his greatest talent cannot be part of any plan for his betterment.

      Here is a line from one of my favorite songs from my youth, which blasts Christianity as what Nietzsche called the “slave religion.”

      Nature is above all morals. Destiny a shameless whore. God is dead.

      Anyway, concerning Packers football, the medical staff fucked this up–what a surprise. Before they sent some guy to Cleveland, completely unaware he a season ending acl tear.

      1. You will know God is not dead when you meet Him, unfortunately that will be too late.

      2. Savage57 June 20, 2014

        Can we believe that by the age of 22 anyone really has a clue as to what their greatest talent might be?

        A cogent and logical argument could be made that the series of events that transpired were either ordained by fate/God/a higher power, were the constructive events of the execution of a natural order, or perhaps nothing more complex than serendipity that will avail Franklin the opportunity to pursue and realize his ‘greatest talent’ that he would have otherwise been deprived of. All three considerations make as much sense as eschewing any concept of an ordered universe and tying one’s belief to a philosophical ‘roll of the dice’.

        The medical staff should have been able to foretell the impact force, angles, moment of inertia, mass, etc, of the very moment that Franklin was injured and should have held him out of the play. Just freakin’ hacks, fire ’em all.

        1. E. Wolf June 20, 2014

          I am not asking the medical staff to foretell anything. I am simply noting that, in addition to the slue of injuries that do place the medical and training staff in question, they cannot even correctly identify severe neck injuries until many months afterwards. This on top of that guy with the acl tear that the Browns signed.
          As for the other bit often times someone at 22 does not know what their greatest talent is. Many people simply have no talent. In this instance though, as the all time leading rusher at UCLA, I think we know. And his god deprived him of it. God is dead.

    3. Arcturus June 20, 2014

      Exactly right. It’s like “sending prayers”, also known as “doing nothing.”

  3. TyKo Seamboat June 19, 2014

    & it begins…
    Well…let’s start this season off right…

    Fuck me, Amber Theoharis

    1. Shawn Neuser June 19, 2014

      Good start.

      1. TyKo Steamboat June 19, 2014

        Dude…I flipping LOVE Amber Theoharis. & I fancy myself more a brunette guy in general…but c’mon!!!!!

    2. Phatgzus June 19, 2014

      Speaking about GOD, proof it does exist right there.

  4. TyKo Seamboat June 19, 2014

    Just read DuJuan Harris will be our kick returner this season…meaning its only June & we’re already thin at Running Back.

    1. Phatgzus June 19, 2014

      Shirley, you can’t be serious?
      What’s wrong with Hyde and some other dude back there?
      I don’t like this, I don’t like this one bit.

      1. TyKo Steamboat June 24, 2014

        I don’t want Hyde getting injured either.
        One of them rookie receiver would be nice….

  5. Shawn Neuser June 19, 2014

    Green Bay: Where small injuries turn into career enders.

    So, when do we find out that instead of a broken thumb, Clay Matthews has an amputated arm?

    Green Bay suddenly has a neck injury epidemic on their hands. Finley, Jolly and Franklin. The Packers lost 3 players to neck injuries in one season? Think on that and be dismayed.

    1. Phatgzus June 19, 2014

      I would, but I’m afraid if I think too hard I’ll get a concussion, fall down 7 flights of stairs, and break my neck.

    2. The Money Mike June 20, 2014

      Can’t argue the facts:

      Career ending neck injury data

      Darryl Stingley-Patriots 1978
      Mack Strong-Seahawks 2007
      Kevin Evertt-Bills 2007
      Michael Irvin-Eagles 1999
      Chris Spielman-Browns 1999

      And now the Packers:

      Tim Lewis-1986
      Sterling Sharpe-1994
      Terrance Murphy-2005
      Nick Colins-2011
      Johnathon Franklin-2013
      Johnny Jolly-2013?
      Jermike Finley-2013?


      1. Savage57 June 20, 2014

        Need to make a spinal x-ray and MRI the go to intel when evaluating prospects.

  6. GBslacker June 19, 2014

    Rajion Neal may surprise.

    1. The Money Mike June 20, 2014

      Daton Perri too…

  7. Howard June 19, 2014

    Do not like mixing politics or religion with football; however. Johnathan my family and I will pray for your good health and continued success in your pursuits.

    Mr. Vijay my family and I will also pray for you and your families good health and pursuit of happiness.

  8. the real russ letlow June 19, 2014

    well, lets just categorize this one as last year’s injury, start training camp fresh and hope that bug passes us by this year. we’ve had our share, and more.

  9. RelampagoBlanco June 19, 2014

    Look on the bright side, now he can actually run for Mayor of Green Bay.

  10. Packattackinmpls June 19, 2014

    Vijay what kind of comment about someone else beliefs was that???
    If you saud that to me Id punch square in the fucking forehead. Have a great night asshat

    1. Spoken like a true Christian lol

  11. joe June 19, 2014

    Vijay your an idiot

  12. Howard June 19, 2014

    It really sucks to be dragging religion into football discussions.

    Mr. Wolf: You should read Romans 1: 19-31. It speaks directly to you and your thought process.

    Anyway I wonder when someone in the league office or those inquisitive sports reporters are going to question why a neck injury was not reported for Franklin immediately. Maybe Franklin was already on injured reserve for the concussion and the neck injury was discovered while treating the concussion, so the neck injury was not important to report???

    Sounds about as plausible as the IRS losing all their E- mails.

  13. Phatgzus June 19, 2014

    Terrible news for us Packer fans, worse news for the organization, and worst news for Franklin and his family. Feel terrible for him, life just isn’t fair. Sounds like he has a helluva heart though. Good luck to ya in all that y]ou do, Mr. Franklin.

  14. Knucklehead June 19, 2014

    Yeah, this is really sad. I had a soft spot for him and was hoping to see him develop over the next couple of seasons. He really added a different look from Starks and Lacey with his electron-bouncing-around speed and running style. And you hate to see anybody, at any profession, struck down in the early part of their career. Wish him the best and hope that he can find a path and meaning in his life going forward.

  15. Dan June 20, 2014

    On his last play in the NFL I kept screaming at the TV for him to take a knee because GB kick return team sucks. I hated seeing that result and hearing that awful crunch of his career ending.

  16. TyKo Seamboat June 20, 2014

    Nice to know there are so many Christians supporting the Pack!!!

    Jesus in the hizouse, yo!!!

    Go Jesus Go!

    1. Howard June 20, 2014

      Yes there are a lot of Christians in the world and many are probably Packers fans. In fact many are past, present and future Packer players and coaches. So it is hard to see the mocking of our God creator of heaven and earth, and Jesus Christ our Lord and savior. Not sure if you are in that catagory, however it is clear that Mr.’s Wolf and Vijay are.

      The great news is no matter how much we care about the Packers, God and Jesus could care less about our silly, stupid, and childish games.

      One other thing that is hard to take with all your mocking of God that really pisses me off is you are also mocking many members of the Packer organization from years past and present including one of the greatest Packers of all time. In fact there is a trophy that is given out each year that bears his name. Most of you youngsters who have no compass probably do not remember Vince Lombardi. Following are quotes from Vince Lombardi regarding God:

      “I believe in God.”
      “I derived my strength from daily mass and communion.”
      “When we place our dependence in God, we are unencumbered, and we have no worry. In fact, we may even be reckless, insofar as our part in the production is concerned. This confidence, this sureness of action, is both contagious and an aid to the perfect action. The rest is in the hands of God – and this is the same God, gentlemen, who has won all His battles up to now.”
      “There are three things that are important to every man in this locker room. His God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. In that order.”

      So even though some of you despise God and have no belief in God, at least you could keep your silly opinions to yourself and quit mocking the Packers players and coaches past and present who have a belief in God and express such, including but not limited to Jonathan Franklin and the greatest coach in Packers history Vince Lombardi.

      Just an observation, but hell it’s a free world.

      1. DJ June 20, 2014

        lol Nicely played, H!

        You wont find more loyal & intelligent Packer fans than Vijay & E Wolf.

        They might question God, Allah or Jesus…

        But not Vince.

        Checkmate. :-)

        1. E. Wolf June 21, 2014

          I may not believe in God, but everyone knows I *believe in* that wonderful, iconic oval G symbol. I believe in it, god damn it!

      2. E. Wolf June 21, 2014

        For the record, there are many things I respect about Christians, but there are some things that I feel should be rightly criticized. For me this is also true with almost all religious groups, particularly including Islam and Judaism, which at this time is completely insulated from any and all criticism without charges of bigotry, intolerance so and so forth.
        As an atheist, I feel that religious groups and indeed religious beliefs should be just as fair game as any other belief, tenet or preference. If this were the case, I do not feel, for instance, that the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church would have been allowed to fester and remain underground as it did.
        With that preamble, I again charge that the notion that some personal tragedy is part “of God’s plan” to be untenable. It is one of those things about Christian dogma that I am sharply critical of. The same goes for talk about how someone will say that “God was looking out for me.” The first time I really felt this was total bullshit was when that fighter pilot, shot down over Serbia and later rescued, said that, which was roughly the same time that the Oklahoma City bombing happened. What? God loves fighter pilots but hates the toddlers that TImothy McVeigh murdered?
        God is dead, but even if he were not, the deprivation of a young man’s greatest and quite extraordinary talent cannot be any plan for his betterment.

  17. 13Time1265 June 20, 2014

    Whoa E Wolf and Vijay in the same thread…WHAT AN EVENT!

  18. Tequila June 20, 2014

    I wish I could write down ghost stories in a book and pretend they are real because I’d bring back Ray Nitschke to add to the linebacker corps. But alas, there ain’t no god and our linebackers still suck. I just wish I had half the faith in the packers medical staff that Howard has in Jesus.