GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, February 7th released RB James Starks with a non-football injury designation.
The transaction was announced by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
According to the Packers, Starks, originally selected by Green Bay in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University at Buffalo, started 13 of 76 games played during the regular season for the Packers from 2010-16. In seven seasons, he registered 2,506 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 618 carries (4.1 avg.) while hauling in 125 receptions for 1,017 yards (8.1 avg.) and six touchdowns. Starks also saw action in 10 postseason contests with four starts and ranks No. 3 in Green Bay postseason history with 523 rushing yards.
ESPN’s Field Yates was the first to report that the Packers released Starks with a non-football injury designation.
The 30-year-old Starks is coming off his worst year since he helped the Packers win Super Bowl 45 as a rookie in 2010.
The former sixth round NFL Draft pick was injured when his SUV was hit by a semi tractor trailer on December 12th.
He went into the concussion protocol and never played again.
Starks had a sub-par season before he was hurt — rushing for just 145 yards on 63 carries in nine games.
Packers’ RB Eddie Lacy is a free agent, as is Christine Michael. So currently, Ty Montgomery is the only running back on the roster. We’ll see what GM Ted Thompson and company decide to do moving forward.