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Starks May Return For Pack This Week


GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU)Running back James Starks might get his first playing time in five weeks, when the Packers take on San Francisco in their N-F-C divisional playoff game on Saturday night.

The third-year Starks is getting over a bruised knee suffered on December second. Running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said Starks looked good at practice yesterday – and coach Mike McCarthy is not saying how he might use Starks if he’s ready to go against the 49’ers.

Rookie DuJuan Harris has emerged as Green Bay’s featured running back over the past few weeks. But Starks is seven inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than Harris – and he could provide a more physical presence at that spot. Van Pelt says he’s still trying to determine how to include Starks in the mix. Meanwhile, Packer receivers Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin, and Randall Cobb all sat out of yesterday’s practice. Nelson has been battling ankle problems, but he’s due back at practice today – and he’s expected to play against the 49’ers.

Cobb has flu-like symptoms, but he’s expected to play as well. Boykin is questionable, as he tries to get over an ankle injury.

Linebacker Clay Matthews was limited yesterday with a knee problem, and rookie linebacker Dezman Moses was limited with a bad hamstring. Both are expected to be okay for the 49’er game. Safety Jerron McMillian missed his second straight practice with a personal matter. He’s due back today.