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Packers Release Johnathan Franklin Due to Neck Injury

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It's official - the Packers have released the injured running back.

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On Thursday, we learned from Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin that his career was coming to an abrupt and early end due to a neck injury. On Friday afternoon, the team announced that it has released Franklin from the roster as a result of the injury.

Ted Thompson spoke briefly on the move and about Franklin:

It’s never easy releasing a player, but it's especially difficult when a young man's opportunity is taken away from him because of an injury. Johnathan is a great person, a wonderful teammate, and a man that lives by his faith ... He will always be a member of the Packers family.

Franklin joins an ever-growing list of Packers who have suffered neck injuries which ended their football careers too early, a list which could still grow depending on the status of tight end Jermichael Finley.

Once again, we wish Franklin the best in his future endeavors outside of football.

A year ago, Franklin participated in the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere and spoke to SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein. To get a further idea of the kind of person Franklin is, check out the video below.