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Packers release running back James Starks

Posted: 4:01 PM, Feb 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-07 17:01:56-05

A report says that the Packers have let go one of their top running backs over the past seven seasons.

ESPN's Field Yates says that the team has released James Starks with a non-football injury designation. As reported by WTMJ¬†sister station NBC26's Charlie Sokaitis, the move will open up $3 million in salary cap room, but the team will have to "eat $750,000 in dead money."

Starks played a major role as a rookie in the Packers' run to win Super Bowl XLV in the 2010 season.

He ran for more than 100 yards in the team's wildcard win over Philadelphia that year, and scored a touchdown in the team's NFC Title Game win over Chicago.

Injuries hampered his 2016 season, as he only played in nine games and started in four.

He ran for 2,506 yards and scored 15 total touchdowns in his seven years in Green Bay.