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              === Packers' Benson has surgery, will stay on IR ===
 
 Green  Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson
 will  remain  on  injured  reserve  for the  remainder  of  the  season  after
 undergoing surgery to repair a serious left foot sprain on Wednesday.
 
 The  Packers had declared Benson as their designated to return player on IR on
 Oct.  10  after the veteran  hurt his  foot during Green  Bay's Week 5 loss at
 Indianapolis.  The  team was  holding out hope  that the three-time 1,000-yard
 rusher  could avoid surgery, but a procedure became necessary after the injury
 failed to properly heal on its own.
 
 Signed  to a  one-year contract during training camp, Benson was leading Green
 Bay  with 248 rushing  yards on 71 carries while adding 97 yards on 14 catches
 prior to being shelved.
 
 The  Packers have  used a combination of Alex Green, James Starks and fullback
 John Kuhn in Benson's place, but the trio has averaged just 3.3 yards per rush
 attempt  on the season.  As a team, Green Bay ranks 23rd in the NFL in rushing
 offense.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/29 17:35:46 ET