"I can't say enough about him as a person. I don't know. He's as classy as anyone who's walked through these doors. His situation will be addressed tomorrow."
Franklin later posted a message on his Twitter page, writing that he must now move on from football.
"Unfortunately this week I have been ruled out of returning for the 2014/15 season and returning to play in the NFL," he wrote. "But I understand God knows what he is doing for now he has another platform for me to step upon.
Reports surfaced Wednesday that Green Bay feared Franklin had suffering a career-threatening neck injury in Week 12 of last season. Franklin underwent a series of tests this week to reveal the extent of the injury. The results were troubling enough to prompt a quick team decision. Franklin will either retire or be waived injured on Friday.
Franklin was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft and had been envisioned as a change-of-pace back alongside Eddie Lacy. He finished his only pro season with 19 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown.