Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy will most likely miss next week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, because the Packers will likely end up resting him through Week 3 and the team’s bye week in Week 4 before playing him in Week 5. That seems to be the best way to bring along Lacy, who is the team’s running back of the future, and it is usually unwise to rush back a concussed rookie. Lacy was the victim of a dirty hit from Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, who has a reputation for those kinds of plays.
According to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, via ESPN Milwaukee, Eddie Lacy “is making progress”, “Eddie Lacy is making progress. He seems to be doing fine. He’s going through the protocol, so we’ll take another step tomorrow.”
McCarthy stated that Lacy will need to go through a few more concussion tests, and I really don’t think we’ll be seeing Lacy on the field against the Bengals. The concussion seems severe enough that it would be rushing him back too soon if the Packers were to play him on Sunday, and Lacy did not practice today either (though this was fully expected).
Another key player on the Green Bay Packers offense did return to practice today, as tight end Jermichael Finley made his expected return. Finley had a very nice game against a weak Redskins pass defense with six receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown, and he’s off to a good start this season with 11 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Finley’s status was not in doubt for Week 2 despite some toe pain, and there is no question that he will be playing in Week 3 against Cincinnati.