GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Emptying out the notebook from the week that was with the Green Bay Packers:
Lacy's workload: Running back Eddie Lacy didn't know he was approaching 200 carries for the season, and he certainly didn't know that his total of 157 carries since Week 5 when he returned from his concussion was the highest total in the NFL.
All the rookie from Alabama knew was that around this time last year, he was nearing the end of his regular season. Now, he still has six more regular-season games left, beginning with Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.
"I actually feel good," said Lacy, who has the most rushing yards (645) in the NFL since Week 5. "I'm not hitting the rookie wall I guess is what you all call it. I am noticing that the college football season is pretty much over with, so this is around the time I would start to shut it down, but I feel good."
Lacy had carried 22 times or more in six straight games before being limited to 14 carries (and just 27 yards rushing) in last Sunday's loss to the New York Giants. James Starks has carried just 19 times in four games since returning from a knee injury, and rookie Johnathan Franklin hasn't carried the ball the last four weeks.
"I don't think Eddie's hit the wall," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this week. "If anything, I'd like to get all three of those backs involved because they've earned it. James Starks has earned the opportunity to carry the ball, but the guy I feel like I neglected with opportunity is Johnathan Franklin because when he was given his opportunity in Cincinnati he responded in a big way. So I feel good about all three of those guys carrying the ball.
"We've gone a different direction in certain concepts and certain things in offense. [Fullback] John Kuhn has played more. Those are the things you kind of juggle. The Giants game we were clearly under our total number of plays we've been. We've been up around 70 plays again, we were in the 50s against the Giants. We need more attempts at the plate and hopefully we can get all three of these guys involved more."
Boo birds: Receiver Greg Jennings probably would've been booed upon his return to Lambeau Field anyway just for leaving the Packers in free agency and signing with the rival Vikings. But when he criticized quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' organization this offseason, it all but ensured the reception he will receive here Sunday won't be friendly. "Probably so," said Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, one of Jennings' long-time former teammates. "Obviously because of some of the things that went on in the offseason that was perceived to be said, but you never can tell. We can always say what we think, but you never can tell until it happens."
Tracking the practice squad: When the Packers released guard Bryan Collins from the practice squad and signed guard Andrew Tiller to replace him Wednesday, it meant that only one of the original members of this year's group was still on the eight-man unit. Only rookie tackle Aaron Adams has been on the practice squad all season. Five of the original group were promoted to the active roster -- quarterback Scott Tolzien, cornerback James Nixon, tight end Jake Stoneburner, receiver Myles White and running back Michael Hill (who was later released). Another, receiver Charles Johnson, was signed by the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 12.
Tretter's turn: Offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and JC Tretter both were drafted in the fourth round last April. Bakhtiari has started every game as a rookie at left tackle, while Tretter saw the field -- the practice field -- for the first time this week since his May 20 ankle injury. Tretter, a versatile lineman from Cornell, remains on the physically unable to perform list but was cleared to practice this past week, the last possible week for PUP players to return to the field. He has three weeks with which he can practice before the Packers have to decide whether to activate him. Most likely, they will use the three weeks as a developmental period and then place him on season-ending injured reserve. "A lot of people thought the season was over; it was going to be a lost season," Tretter said. "You have to have faith in yourself and set goals for yourself. Sometimes they might not be reachable, but you have to think they are."
Finley chronicles: Tight end Jermichael Finley is documenting his attempted comeback from his spinal cord injury. In the latest video, which runs 17 minutes, the most compelling part is when a doctor mentions the possibility of Finley injuring his neck "the next time," Finley, who underwent spinal fusion surgery last week, asks the doctor if there will be a next time and if he will be able to play again. There were no concrete answers.
Playoff predictor: Much time will be spent in the coming weeks trying to figure out if the Packers will make the playoffs. There's no better way to play that game than by using ESPN's Playoff Machine. You can input every possible scenario for every remaining regular-season game. I'll warn you, it's addictive.