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Johnathan Franklin’s Career Could Be Over

Johnathan Franklin

Johnathan Franklin has only part of one NFL season under his belt. It may turn out to be his first and last NFL season.

Franklin went on injured reserve following week 12 after suffering what we were told was a concussion. Well, now we’re hearing he has a neck injury. One that the Green Bay Packers think might be career-threatening.

Rob Demovsky tells us this.

According to two people with knowledge of his situation, the Packers are putting Franklin through more tests to determine whether it’s safe for him to continue playing.

The good old neck injury. It ended Nick Collins’ Packers career and will probably end Jermichael Finley and Johnny Jolly’s too.

Might as well throw Franklin into the mix.

If you’re a college guy, you’re probably thinking the last place you want to go play ball is in Green Bay. Either you’ll end up blowing out your hamstring 50 times or you’ll break your neck and never play again.

Seriously though, if the Packers did lose Franklin it wouldn’t really hurt. Between Easy Ed, James Starks and DuJuan Harris there aren’t many carries left over.

The loss would suck because we only briefly saw what Franklin can do. In the only game he got any real action, the fourth-round pick carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards. He only had six more carries all year long.

Now we wait.

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  1. Sean June 19, 2014

    Well this sucks… I thought he would become a great counter to Ed Lacy.
    That was one nasty play… fumble lost the game, concussion, and career ending neck injury.

  2. Joe June 19, 2014

    This is bad news. How could the press not have known this was even worse than a concussion? Agree that he may not have had a home in GB this year, but it’s sad to see a talented guy go down so early in his career.

  3. Joe June 19, 2014

    This is bad news. How could the press not have known this was even worse than a concussion? Agree that he may not have had a home in GB this year, but it’s sad to see a talented guy go down so early in his career.

  4. Curly June 19, 2014

    Damn, I feel bad for the guy. He’s got the skills to be a good back in the NFL and I was hoping he would replace Cobb as our speed demon out of the backfield. This is so shitty.

  5. The Money Mike June 19, 2014

    Sharpe, Murphy, Collins, maybe Jolly, Maybe Finley, maybe Franklin…FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Welcome to the Packers, would you like a neck injury?

  6. BearDownPackUp June 19, 2014

    Lets not forget Richardson was once on the cusp of never playing again as well. Its pretty eerie considering how many other teams in the league have had as many occur the same time span. Because that answer is easily NONE.

    1. The Money Mike June 19, 2014

      Yep, forgot about him becasue he’s “back”

      1. The Money Mike June 19, 2014

        Found some 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:

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


        1. The Money Mike June 19, 2014


        2. Shawn Neuser June 19, 2014

          Ah, Tim Lewis anyone? That guy was awesome. Effin Willie Gualt.

          1. The Money Mike June 20, 2014

            Christ another Packer…Gualt didn’t seem to be injured?

  7. Howard June 19, 2014

    Still believe Pack will do the same as they did with Richardson. They will place Franklin on the PUP and try to bring him up later in the season if healthy. It is really a bad situation for Franklin and I wish him the best and a healthy return to the field.

    1. Abe Frohman June 19, 2014

      Has Franklin even had neck fusion surgery yet? I’m not getting the impression that he has.

      More importantly, which vertebra are we talking about here? Richardson’s was lower than Collins – further away from the brain stem. That’s why there’s less risk.

    2. GBslacker June 19, 2014

      They left the door ajar with Richardson — it was always a medical issue with a mysterious timetable — but I don’t see them doing that with Franklin.

      With Franklin having only just finished the first year of his rookie contract, the doctors see something that will prevent him from playing and staying healthy — regardless of a generous period for healing and recovery.

      It almost sounds like spinal stenosis, which has stopped more than one Packer cold. If he could return to the field, the Packers would hang onto him.

  8. Howard June 19, 2014

    Well so much for the PUP list. Good luck Johnathan in the next stage of your life and career. We are sure you will succeed in whatever profession you pursue.

    1. The Money Mike June 19, 2014

      And its over…another “injury” that was much worse then told…

  9. BZ in BA June 19, 2014

    JS Online is saying that it is a done deal – Franklin has “retired”.

  10. disposable hero June 19, 2014

    One less guy in the backfield, too bad, he showed some serious potential in the Cinci game (minus the fumble of course).