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Packers Daily Links: Eddie Lacy's Toe Fusion Surgery Explained

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Packers Daily Links: Eddie Lacy's Toe Fusion Surgery Explained

Ever since it's been learned that other NFL teams expressed concern about Eddie Lacy's toe injury, it's been a hot topic in Green Bay to speculate about what's wrong. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel got the lowdown from Alabama's team doctor, E. Lyle Cain Jr. "The joint underneath the toenail was fused to allow the ligament to work better basically," Cain is quoted as saying. "It's something you do to give you a better push-off. His big toe moves just like a normal big toe in terms of motion. . . . If you fused it completely, it'd give you a stiff big toe and you can't push off and that's a big problem. In Eddie's case, he does not have that. His fusion does not affect his big-toe motion." Lacy himself also expressed optimism that it won't affect him going forward. You have to take the opinion of Lacy and Alabama's doctor with a small grain of salt, however. It's not as if they're going to raise any concerns.

First round draft choice Datone Jones joined ESPNMilwaukee for a radio interview on Thursday and talked about a former Packers defensive lineman. "My hero was Michael Strahan growing up, but I loved the nastiness of Reggie White. He was a nasty guy. The Minister of Defense,” Jones is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde. “He was a great player, I want to model myself after (him). I wish he was still alive so he could take me under his (wing). I want to be the best that has ever played the game of football. I can’t stand losing. I just want to be great." Packers fans would love it if Jones turns out to be the next White, but there's a long ways to go until that happens. Jones' journey begins this weekend at rookie orientation camp.

A feature on undrafted rookie Andy Mulumba appears in the Green Bay Press-Gazette by reporter Pete Dougherty. Despite being selected in the first round of the Canadian Football League draft, Mulumba expressed his commitment to the Packers and the NFL. “It was an honor to be drafted in the CFL with the second pick,” Mulumba is quoted as saying. “But my goal is to play in the NFL. I want to play at the highest level.” Insight is also shared from Mulumba's defensive line coach at Eastern Michigan, Ken Delgado, which is interesting seeing as he also coached former Packer Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

Several media outlets passed along Charles Woodson's recent comments to the NFL Network about not being contacted by the Packers at Packer Report, Press-Gazette, JSOnline,, and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

With the new south end zone expansion at Lambeau Field, more concession stand workers are needed, as an article at the team's official website explains.

Thoughts on the new draft class of the Packers are shared by Pigskin Paul over at

An article on quarterback B.J. Coleman appears at Packer Report.

The cornerback position in Green Bay is analyzed post-draft over at Acme Packing Company.

Lombardi Ave. looks at Aaron Rodgers' from the perspective of an insurance actuary and his appearance on The Office.

Video: Aaron Rodgers' brief appearance on NBC's penultimate episode of The Office on Thursday...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Derek in CO's picture

I'm also going to express optimism on Lacy. If Alabama's and Green Bay's doctors aren't concerned with his toe, I have to hope they are right. To me, Lacy is a shorter Stephen Jackson. I'm excited to see our new RBs in August.

Denver's picture

So, it was fused, but not 'completely'. How do you 'partially' fuse a joint? Doesn't make sense to me. I am a little hungover, though, so that might explain my confusion.

Jamie's picture

The real question is following the partial fusion/non-fusion...what does his toe now weigh??

Nononsense's picture

Denver, the big toe(or all toes) have two bones and therefore two joints in them. The first one allows the two bones of the toe itself to flex downward, the other is the bigger joint that connects the toe to the foot which flexes up or down. Lacy had fusion on the little joint of the big toe and not the big one.

If he had the big joint fused he wouldn't be playing football anymore.

Does that make any sense to you?

Denver's picture

It does, thanks. But it still seems like it would be more than a little difficult to really push off it. Also seems like it would be easier to break the 'big' joint with the 'little' one fused.
Anyway, that's this amateur Doc's diagnosis which hopefully is way wrong.

dawg's picture

The fusion sounds to be ok!
What I think might be Lacys
advantage is his upright running style, with the new rule, Lacy will prosper--lets hope!

dawg's picture

He's got that spin move, plus he plays hurt.
Advantage Lacy! Green and yellow.

cow42's picture

spin move will get him killed in the NFL.

Stroh's picture

It worked perfectly well in the SEC against a lot of the players that he got drafted into the NFL w/ him.

Just cow bein a cowpie again...

dawg's picture

The fusion was under the toe nail, (cartilage).
NO bone fusion!!!!!!
Still has full push off motion in big toe !!!
Just sayin!

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