Cedric Benson Will Not Play Packers Preseason Game Thursday: Fantasy Implications

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Cedric Benson will not play Thursday against the Cleveland Browns, most likely so he can get acclimated to his recent signing with the Green Bay Packers. With Benson out, the running back corps could be severely shorthanded due to a recent rash of injuries.

Cedric Benson will not play Thursday in the Green Bay Packers' second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, according to Green Bay's official Twitter feed. There are no indications that the running back is injured. It appears that the Packers are giving Benson time to get in shape and get acclimated to the offense.

Analysis: It's nice that the Packers are giving Benson some time to get his feet underneath him after signing with the team Sunday. It's surprising that they can even afford the luxury how banged up the running back stable is. James Starks is week-to-week with turf toe, Brandon Saine is dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, and fullback John Kuhn suffered an ankle sprain Monday. The Packers could theoretically be down to second-year Alex Green, and rookies Marc Tyler and Duane Bennett against the Browns.

For more on the Packers' running back situation, check out Acme Packing Company.

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