Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Green Bay Packers have placed rookie running back Johnathan Franklin on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.
A fourth-round pick of the Packers in this past April's draft, Franklin had spent most of his debut campaign as the third-string back behind fellow newcomer Eddie Lacy and James Starks. The UCLA product rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries through the club's 11 games, while adding 82 yards on four kick returns as well as three special-teams tackles.
Most of Franklin's playing time came in a Week 3 loss at Cincinnati, during which he put up 103 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries with both Lacy and Starks injured.
Linebacker Victor Aiyewa was signed off the practice squad to fill the open spot on the active roster.