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Practice Report: Eddie Lacy Returns for First Time This Week

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Practice Report: Eddie Lacy Returns for First Time This Week

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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FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

He could have a BIG day come Sunday. I hope he goes for two hundo.

TommyG's picture

With AR's passing threat this is a real possibility, especially if he can reel of a few big runs.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Oh, and how sweet will it be to see Cobb out there? Pretty effin sweet I'd say.

RunAndHyde's picture

Is it Sunday yet?

Arlo's picture

The decision on RC doesn't come until Saturday. Even if he is available, his snaps will probably be limited.

I bleed Green More's picture

We get Cobb back watch out, the sky is the limit and with Lacy watch out Barelys.

TommyG's picture

Just the threat of AR throwing the ball is going to open up some serious running lanes. Eddy is good enough to take advantage of the space.

lmills's picture

As excited as I am to have Rodgers and Cobb back...we need the defense to play well to win.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Really concerned at LB and our corners/safeties matching up with their big receivers...BUT...Rodgers, Lacy, and Cobb must put huge fear in the barelys. With Lacy going for over 150 we will have this game well in hand by the 3rd quarter. Packer 38, Bears 17. Mark. It. Down.

RC Packer Fan's picture

I want to see a healthy dose of Lacy and Starks. I honestly would like to see Lacy be used a little less and Starks used a little more this Sunday.
Try to keep Lacy as productive as possible.
Right now I'm kind of hoping for something like 65% Lacy and 35% Starks.

The TKstinator's picture

Me too.
And I'll take all the D I can get .

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