During this week, there were some rumblings from Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy that the team might consider promoting practice squad running back Michael Hill to the active roster with starter Eddie Lacy banged up. Based on the list of today's NFL transactions, that apparently has not happened:
No #Packers moves on NFL Wire. Michael Hill stays on practice squad and GB rolls dice with two healthy backs plus questionable Lacy— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) September 21, 2013
As Wes notes, the only two running backs who are fully healthy are James Starks and Johnathan Franklin. Eddie Lacy remains questionable with his concussion but seems unlikely to play since he did not practice all week.
Fullback John Kuhn is doubtful with a hamstring injury as well. The Packers' tight ends are expected to pull double-duty and work out of the backfield for much of the game, but the big question for the Packers will be on third downs if Kuhn can't play. Which player will be helping block for Aaron Rodgers on passing downs? With the Bengals' talented defensive line on the other side, that will be critical to the Packers' offensive success.
At the very least, expect Franklin to get his first offensive snaps of the season on Sunday afternoon, while Starks will probably get the bulk of the work even if Lacy is able to play.
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