James Starks to start for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers' first 100-yard rushing performance in nearly three years has apparently earned running back James Starks the starting job for Sunday's game at Cincinnati.

Starks rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries in last Sunday's 38-20 win over Washington, giving the Packers their first 100-yard rusher since Brandon Jackson on Oct. 10, 2010.

The fourth-year running back relieved rookie Eddie Lacy, who was knocked out of the game with a concussion after taking a helmet hit from safety Brandon Meriweather in first quarter.

Sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that Meriweather has been fined $42,000 for the hit.

Starks snapped the Packers' streak of 44 regular-season games without a 100-yard running back.

"James Starks is definitely someone I look at as a starter [with] the ability to run as many times in a football game as needed," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. "James will get the starting opportunity this week."

Lacy did not practice Wednesday but attended the workout, an indication he has passed through at least part of the concussion protocol.

"He looks good," McCarthy said. "He's in the meetings, and that's always a positive sign, but he's got a couple more tests in front of him that he has to pass before he'll be able to practice."