9:15 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but a "designated to return" tag was added, which means he might be back this season.
Benson sprained his left foot in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and by being placed on injured reserve, he must sit out eight games.
In five games this season, Benson has rushed for 248 yards and a touchdown on 71 carries and has caught 14 passes for 97 yards.
He's eligible to return in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday he believes there's a good chance Benson will return for the final four games, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
"We feel that he can come back," McCarthy said. "A foot sprain is definitely a tough injury to come back from, but within that time frame, we feel that he definitely has a chance. ... He's a true pro. He's been excellent. He spends a lot of time in the weight room. I could see him being one of those guys that comes back and plays the last four weeks of the season."
Alex Green is expected to get the majority of the carries in Benson's absence.
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