Packers add RB Johnny White to Titletown : Packers Insider

Packers add RB Johnny White to Titletown

October 16, 2012 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor

~The Packers welcomed a new running back to the team yesterday after losing Brandon Saine for the season on Sunday Night. 

Green Bay Packers' Brandon Saine tries to get up after being injured in the third quarter against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Houston. Sadly, it would be Saine's last play of the season as he suffered a serious knee injury and was placed on season-ending IR on Monday. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Johnny White was a 5th round pick by the Buffalo Bills last season and made the team as a rookie, backing up stars Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

He had 34 yards this season on just eight carries. He’s 5-10, 210 pounds, which is a bit smaller than the rest of the Packer backs at this time.

White played his college ball at North Carolina and was a Tar Heel teammate of Packer tight end Ryan Taylor, also drafted last year.

He will wear the precious No. 34 for the Packers. Walter Payton he’s not, but the number 34 has been worn by many great running backs.

White will most likely be asked to contribute on special teams first. Alex Green and James Starks will be the primary ball carriers for now, with John Kuhn an option as well.

Johnny White was a fine runner for the Tar Heels, and a 5th round pick of the Buffalo Bills last year. But with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson ahead of him, he was put on waivers and the Packers happily scooped him up Monday.

Starter Cedric Benson will be out until December, at least. The Packers hope he can come back in early December and be fresh for the playoff push to New Orleans.

Let’s just hope that’s it for injuries to Packer running backs this season.

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