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Packers sign veteran RB Benson, place Lair on IR

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Associated Press
8/12/2012 5:36:38 PM
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In need of another running back, the Green Bay Packers have signed veteran Cedric Benson.

Benson left Cincinnati after spending four seasons with the Bengals, leading them in rushing each year. But Cincinnati showed little interest in re-signing the eight-year veteran.

The Packers have been plagued by injuries in what has been an unimpressive running game. Green Bay finished 27th in rushing in 2011 despite going 15-1.

James Starks is bothered by turf toe, Brandon Saine (hamstring) has not practiced, Alex Green is coming off knee surgery, and Ryan Grant was not re-signed.

The 29-year-old Benson rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons. He was Chicago's top draft pick in 2005.

Cedric Benson (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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