Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy missed both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices last week before returning to practice on Friday, and Lacy is doing the same thing this week ahead of the Packers Week 16 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky reports that Lacy has returned to practice today for the Packers after missing the previous two practices with a very minor ankle injury that he suffered in Week 14 against the Atlanta Falcons, and Lacy is going to be a full-go this week.
Lacy’s injury really isn’t an injury, as the Packers are simply resting their rookie, workhorse running back. The Alabama product has done an awful lot for the Packers in just his first season in the league, and he’s one of the leading candidates for the Rookie of the Year Award due to his importance to the team. He’ll be as important as ever this week against the Steelers, since Aaron Rodgers still isn’t expected to make his return.
While he’s still a must-start in fantasy leagues and is a huge key for the Packers, nobody should be expecting Lacy to put up numbers close to the ones he had last week against an awful Dallas Cowboys defense that didn’t even have Sean Lee on the field. Lacy will be solid, but 171 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown are numbers that nobody should be reaching for.
It’s great to hear confirmation that Lacy is back at practice today and is all-systems-go this week, but it would have been an utter shock to hear anything else.