Recent Concussion Ends James Starks' Stint With Green Bay

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 02/08/17 12:33AM EST

The latest Green Bay Packers news has a familiar face leaving the team, as running back James Starks was released. Starks saw limited action this 2016 NFL season because various of injuries, one of which was a concussion suffered in a car accident nearly two months ago. 

It was on December 12 when Starks sustained the concussion which kept him out for the remainder of the Packers' season. ESPN reports that before this, he also sat out four games due to a knee injury. The health setbacks he dealt with only allowed him to play in nine games.

Because of the limitations, Starks recorded some of his worst numbers as a running back. He just had 63 carries for 145 yards and zero touchdowns. This is the first time since his rookie year that he failed to score a rushing touchdown. However, the 30-year-old did a fair job when it came to receiving, as he had 19 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns. 

Starks is now a free agent following his release, although it is uncertain if teams would be interested in him at this stage in his career. ESPN also mentioned that before the Packers' NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, he was yet to complete the league's concussion protocol program. This may deter other organizations from giving him a deal the off-season. 

The Packers selected Starks in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. In his first year in Green Bay, the team made it to Super Bowl XLV and won over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, through the years, his role diminished with the likes of Eddie Lacy and Ty Montgomery emerging.

This was evident last year when Lacy, who is Green Bay's starting running back, went down with an ankle injury. Starks had four starts to his name when this happened, but in the majority of the games without Lacy this year, it was the younger Montgomery who replaced him as the starter. 

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