Packers cut Starks after injury-filled season

GREEN BAY – After ending his seventh season in concussion protocol following a vehicular accident in December, Green Bay Packers running back James Starks was released Tuesday with a non-football injury designation.

Starks struggled in 2016 after signing a two-year, $6 million deal last offseason. He finished with 145 rushing yards in nine games, the fewest since his rookie season in 2010. Starks’ 2.3 yards per carry was the lowest in his career.

An October knee injury forced Starks to have surgery, missing four games. He later missed the final three regular-season games and each of the team’s three playoff games with the concussion. It contributed to a rough season at tailback for the Packers, with Eddie Lacy being placed on injured reserve with ankle surgery after five games.

Starks’ season ended when his sport utility vehicle was hit by a semi tractor-trailer at 4:32 a.m. Dec. 12 at…