GREEN BAY – While the running back buzz is all about Cedric Benson, the Green Bay Packers are also getting good news on another of their prospective ball-carriers: Second-year man Alex Green.
Green, who’s coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered last October, has been on a limited snap count throughout camp and has only seven carries in the first two preseason games. While getting Benson acclimated will be one of the objectives for Thursday night’s third preseason game against Cincinnati, coach Mike McCarthy said Green has gotten the go-ahead to increase his workload slightly.
“Alex Green, his rep count, I think we’ve hit the target there. Hopefully, he just keeps going this next two weeks,” McCarthy said Tuesday. “He hasn’t had a big flare-up (with the knee), so the numbers have been correct. Hopefully, he can take a little more this week than he’s taken the last two weeks and we can continue to grow with him, because I like everything I’ve seen with Alex.
“He needs to play. He’s a young guy who needs reps. We’re definitely moving along towards him being a full-time player.”
With de facto starter James Starks sidelined with turf toe, Green could be in line for a key role in the offense.
“Just the nature of being competitive, you want to get out there and get all the snaps, make all the plays,” Green said. “At the end of the day, I understand the whole process of not rushing it, it’s still preseason, I came back a month and a half early – I understand I need to sit out (at times) and let it heal and not push it too much.”
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