Niagara Falls native James Starks' time with the Green Bay Packers is over.
The Packers cut Starks with a non-football injury designation after a disappointing, injury-plagued 2016 season. The 30-year-old is coming off his worst season since his rookie year in 2010, rushing for just 145 yards on 63 carries in nine games. He added 19 catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
The Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product suffered a concussion when his SUV was struck by a semi at 4:32 a.m. Dec. 12. Starks did not play or practice for the rest of the regular season or any of Green Bay's three playoff games.
A sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2010 out of UB, Starks has played in 76 regular-season career games with 13 starts, rushing 618 times for 2,506 yards and nine touchdowns. He also has 125 catches for 1,017 yards and six touchdowns. He was part of Green Bay's Super Bowl XLV victory as a rookie, starting that game and leading the Packers with 11 carries for 52 yards in a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.