GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Johnathan Franklin refused to make any excuses for fumbling the ball in back-to-back games. He knows that's the last thing that a rookie running back can afford to do, especially with a Green Bay Packers offense that places supreme emphasis on ball security.
And while running backs coach Alex Van Pelt described Franklin's latest fumble as "unacceptable," the explanation he gave involved "a blind hit" from the helmet of Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah. Van Pelt believed that "the best ball-security guys to ever play the game" probably would've fumbled on that play.
"I don't think he's a fumbler," Van Pelt said of Franklin. "He doesn't carry the ball loosely or carelessly any of the other times. I just think it's two games in a row there with unfortunate hits on the ball. We emphasize it, we talk about it, he understands that it can't happen, obviously."
Perhaps Franklin has just been unfortunate with fumbles the past two games -- the first of which...