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Friday, May 10, 2013
BBAO: Detailing Eddie Lacy's toe surgery

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spent some time digging into stories about the surgically repaired big toe of the Green Bay Packers' second-round draft pick, running back Eddie Lacy. The bottom line: Lacy had a modified version of toe fusion surgery that isn't expected to limit mobility in the way that a more typical fusion surgery would.

That was the word from Alabama's team doctor, who said the window for legitimate long-term concern has already passed after Lacy had the procedure following the 2011 season. Said physician E. Lyle Cain Jr.: "The bottom line is, the fusion he had does not affect his big-toe motion."

There have been reports of two teams that were scared off from drafting Lacy because of the surgery. In the end, as Dunne writes: "Only longevity -- or a lack thereof -- will ultimately prove who was right on draft day."

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