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Packers going Green in backfield

Oct. 19, 2012
 

Mike McCarthy isnít the only coach sold on Alex Green as the Green Bay Packersí every-down running back.

While Greenís surgically reconstructed knee isnít quite back to 100 percent yet, running backs coach Alex Van Pelt was pleased with what he saw from the second-year running back in Sunday's 42-24 win over Houston where Green rushed for 67 yards on 22 carries.

It was the heaviest workload Green has seen in his pro career and although his 3.0-yard per carry average wasnít dominating, it was enough to keep the Texansí pass rush on its heels and open up the Packersí passing game.

ďI thought he did a nice job, very effective,Ē Van Pelt said. ďI thought we ran the ball well. You look at the numbers at the end of the game, you donít see a lot of production, but you see nice effective, efficient runs in the no-huddle to keep them honest. Thatís what weíre looking for.Ē

This week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has reiterated his commitment to Green as the team's lead back after Cedric Benson was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return and James Starks still finding his stride after missing two months with a turf toe injury.

Green was a limitied participate in practice this week with a shoulder injury, but is probable for Sunday's game agianst St. Louis with no indications he won't be fielding a majority of the backfield touches against the Rams.

ďObviously, heís worked his butt off to be in a position to even be back for camp,Ē Van Pelt said. ďItís impressive. I know heís excited to get the load now. Itís deserving with all the work heís put in during the offseason.Ē

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