For now, the Green Bay Packers' backfield belongs to Alex Green.
During his Monday news conference, Packers coach Mike McCarthy praised the second-year running back's 22-carry, 65-yard performance in Sunday's 42-24 win over the previously undefeated Houston Texans.
Following Cedric Benson's lisfranc injury against Indianapolis last week, Green saw the heaviest workload of his young career and a stringent test for his surgically reconstructed knee after tearing his ACL on Oct. 23 of last season.
McCarthy said there are no longer any constraints on Green's snaps these days. He hasn't suffered any form of a setback in his recovery and will remain the team's primary running back for the foreseeable future despite James Starks' return against the Texans.
"I was very pleased with Alex Green," McCarthy said. "Alex Green will be our lead running back. I see the games as we move forward reflecting the game we just played. That will be our approach and we’ll continue to get James (Starks) ready and obviously John Kuhn factors in there."
According to Pro Football Focus, Green played on 51 offensive plays while Starks picked up eight snaps in mop-up duty with five carries for 11 yards.
With Brandon Saine going down with a season-ending knee injury, the Packers claimed Johnny White off waivers from Buffalo, but the lion's share of the offensive snaps will still run through Green.
“I thought Alex played pretty well,” Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. “That’s the first game where he was getting a number of carries. I think he had 22 carries. He got a lot of hard yards. I’m sure the more opportunities he gets, he’ll feel more comfortable. Hopefully he’ll continue to play at the level he played at last night.”
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