Green Bay Packers star running back Eddie Lacy has been a revelation as a rookie out of Alabama, and his contributions to the team with Aaron Rodgers out have not been lost on Packers fans. Lacy’s 171 yards from scrimmage against the Dallas Cowboys were crucial in the team’s comeback win, and the fact that the Packers now have a very good feature back to add to Rodgers and their weapons in the passing game finally gives them a complete offense again. Lacy already has over 1,100 rushing yards, and it’s going to be a lot of fun watching him over the next several years.
Rodgers could be back for this week’s all-important, playoff-deciding game against the rival Chicago Bears, but Lacy will have to once again prepare to be the team’s workhorse on offense, as Rodgers’s return is far from a guarantee. However, Lacy aggravated an ankle injury in last week’s 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was forced to leave the game in the third quarter after absolutely tearing up the Steelers defense to that point.
It’s a concerning injury for sure, especially since Lacy has been playing on this sprained ankle for a few weeks now. We’ll see if his incredible toughness allows him to play this week, and I’m not betting against Lacy playing in an elimination game. However, the Packers have shown concern regarding his status, and ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky reports that Lacy still isn’t practicing today. He’s shaping up to be a game-time decision, so be sure to check out all updates regarding his status. I tentatively expect him to play, but his status is far from certain.