On Christmas Day, the Packers didn't practice, but they were required to release an injury report, an approximation of what would have happened had they taken to the field inside the Don Huston Center.
Rookie running back Eddie Lacy was listed as "did not practice" on Wednesday. On Thursday, it was the same story.
Finally on Friday, Lacy practiced for the first time this week, the last day of on-field preparations for Sunday's upcoming tilt with the Chicago Bears, a winner-take-all affair in the NFC North.
It's been the same situation as the past two weeks. After spraining his ankle for the first time Dec. 8 in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Lacy has aggravated the injury in subsequent games against the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Each week, he's sat out the first two days of practice for the week and returned on Friday, listed as a limited participant.
On Thursday, head coach Mike McCarthy expressed confidence Lacy would be available to play against the Bears, but how effective he'll be on a bum ankle remains to be seen.
It's one thing to sprain his ankle once, it's another to keep aggravating it week after week.
To Lacy's credit, however, he starts off each game looking like he's not affected. His touchdown last week against the Steelers was the perfect example of making a hard cut and spinning off a tackle into the end zone.
Linebacker Brad Jones (ankle) and tight end Ryan Taylor (illness) also joined Lacy in returning to practice after sitting out the previous day.
Meanwhile, linebackers Mike Neal, Nick Perry and Jake Stoneburner dropped out of practice after taking part on Thursday. Linebacker Clay Matthews has been out all week long, putting the depth at linebacker in question.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb was also said to practice, but whether he's ready to be cleared for game action and activated to the 53-man roster remains to be seen.
Head coach Mike McCarthy will give an update to the media in a press conference later Friday afternoon.
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