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Packers Injury Updates: Raji, Finley Questionable for Texans game

Cedric Benson is out for at least eight weeks. He has been placed on injured reserve, and is the Packers' return exemption player.

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Jennings Out Again; Finley, Raji Questionable

Packers.com streamed Mike McCarthy's press conference Friday afternoon. In it, McCarthy addressed the injuries to the team as well as releasing the team's injury report.

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WR Greg Jennings (did not practice), S Sean Richardson (DNP)

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NT B.J. Raji (DNP), CB Davon House (full participation in practice), TE Jermichael Finley (limited participation), TE D.J. Williams (limited participation)

On Jennings, McCarthy mentioned that he was at the same position he was before the Saints game, and that he'll get another six days to rehab his groin injury before the team will feel comfortable running tests on him.

The tight ends were described as being on the same rehab plan, despite having very different injuries. Both players got their injuries worked on during individual drills, but practiced during the team portion of practice. They will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Raji, on the other hand, did not make it through his rehab and was therefore not cleared to practice with the team. He will also be looked at again tomorrow, but it appears that Raji's injury is making him a bigger question mark than the injured tight ends.

Cedric Benson is obviously out for the next eight weeks, having been placed on the Injured Reserve list earlier this week with the return exemption. It appears that Alex Green, James Starks, and Brandon Saine are all expected to play this week with no limitations.

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Benson goes on IR with return exemption

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson, who will miss at least eight weeks with a Linsfranc injury, has been placed on injured reserve. He is the Packers' one return exemption player, meaning he is eligible to come off injured reserve and return to the team later in the year.

This makes sense, given that as the season goes on, there is less of a chance that a player who suffers a long-term injury will recover in time to return to the team. This gives the Packers the option of signing another running back, though my guess is that they'll stick with what they have for the moment. Regardless of what Ted Thompson plans on doing with the newly opened roster spot, expect the Packers to make some kind of signing before this weekend.

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Cedric Benson out 8 weeks with Lisfranc injury

The Packers will be without Cedric Benson for a while after it was determined he suffered a Lisfranc injury.

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Benson Out, Raji and Finley "Have a Chance"

From Mike McCarthy's press conference this afternoon, he discussed the status of the Packers' injured key players and whether they'll plan on Sunday against the Houston Texans:

Obviously, that's not the kind of news that we were hoping to hear. The offense has clicked best when Benson is providing a viable running threat, and his absence against a tough Houston defense will make things even tougher for Aaron Rodgers and the passing game.

Hopefully B.J. Raji can come back to anchor the middle of the Packers' defense, as the Texans love to run the ball with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. If not, Ryan Pickett would likely shift over to nose tackle, and you'd see a heavier dose of Jerel Worthy, Mike Neal, and company at defensive end.

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