Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin (23) rushes into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCarthy: Johnathan Franklin’s Green Bay Packers Career Over

A day after it was initially reported that the neck injury sustained by Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan McCarthy might be in jeopardy, Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that news on Thursday.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reported the development from the Packers’ minicamp via Twitter:

As Demovsky indicated, there will be more information available on Franklin’s situation on Friday.

Franklin was a fourth-round pick out of UCLA in 2013 and gained 103 of his 107 yards last season after coming in for an injured James Starks in a game at Cincinnati on Sept. 22. He also had his lone touchdown in that game.

“It’s too bad he got hurt,” general manager Ted Thompson said in January. “He was doing a good job. Everything as advertised. He’s got a nice game. He’s very balanced, quick, heady and confident. No, he hasn’t been a disappointment at all.”

Franklin has apparently come to terms with his situation, posting on Twitter:

Franklin is UCLA’s all-time single-season and career rushing leader, having gained 1,734 yards as a senior for the Bruins in 2012 to finish his career with 4,403 yards on the ground, breaking the mark of 3,731 previously held by Gaston Green, who played for the Bruins from 1984-87.

The single-season mark he set as a senior broke the record of 1,571 yards that had been set by Karim Abdul-Jabbar in 1995.

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