Packers' James Starks: Four-week absence expected

Starks is expected to miss about four weeks following his knee surgery Sunday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.

Starks has been the subject of conflicting reports since news of his surgery to repair a torn meniscus surfaced Sunday. Prior to head coach Mike McCarthy vaguely saying Monday he anticipates a "quick" recovery from Starks, the veteran tailback was reportedly slated to miss "several" weeks. Given the latest development, it appears the latter outlook is closer to the mark and Starks will be sidelined for about a month, creating a significant absence in the Packers' offense. With starter Eddie Lacy (ankle) noticeably gimpy and no other healthy running backs on the current roster, Green Bay may be forced to promote Don Jackson from the practice squad and use wideouts Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb more out of the backfield.

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