What was a crowded backfield for the Green Bay Packers suddenly is a lot less cluttered, and the organization’s plan for the position is a lot more clear.

It seems that the Packers’ brass had been bracing for bad news well before Thursday’s revelation that Johnathan Franklin wouldn’t be returning to the team after sustaining a career-ending neck injury in November.

Amidst the eerie silence accompanying the 24-year-old running back’s offseason, the Packers re-signed veteran James Starks to a two-year contract and brought back former practice-squad running back Michael Hill after his release from Tampa Bay.

At the time, the moves raised questions about how the Packers planned to disperse snaps amongst the reserves to the NFL’s reigning offensive rookie of the year, Eddie Lacy, who absorbed 61.9 percent of the team’s carries last season.

However, it now appears the Packers guessed right in keeping the cabinet stocked in case Franklin didn’t return.