Packers reportedly ‘worried’ Franklin may not play again

Johnathan Franklin’s NFL career could be over before it began.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the Packers are “worried” that Franklin’s neck injury, initially suffered last season, might be career-threatening.

The second-year running back hurt his neck and was concussed on a kickoff in Week 12, sending him to injured reserve. Sources tell Demovsky that Franklin is undergoing tests “to determine whether it’s safe for him to continue playing.”

Franklin took to his Twitter account on Wednesday evening, thanking fans for their well wishes.

The 2013 fourth-round pick was viewed as a steal by most draft pundits, but largely left Packers coaches unimpressed. His best performance came in Week 3, when he rushed 13 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Bengals. Franklin totaled only 19 carries in his rookie campaign.

Well behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks on the depth chart, Franklin was expected to battle DuJuan Harris to be the No. 3 back. At this point, however, he’d be lucky to just resume football activities.

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