GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Alex Green passed his first test as the Packers starting running back in Sundays win over the Houston Texans. With Cedric Benson sidelined by a Lisfranc foot injury until at least Week 14, Green rushed for 65 yards on 22 carries and helped the offense attain the balance it needed.
It was just what coach Mike McCarthy was hoping to get out of Green, the teams third-round pick in 2011. Once Bensons status forced the Packers to adjust to Plan B at running back, McCarthy gave Green the first chance. However, McCarthy made it clear that if Green struggled, he wouldnt hesitate to bring in James Starks.
"I have no time for competition," McCarthy said last week. "We're going to take the hot hand. The first carry will be Alex Green. He's a little farther ahead than James is right now, and that's the way we'll go. But we have three halfbacks and we'll utilize all three of them."
Well, with the exception of the closing minutes of the game in which Graham Harrell had repla...