Friday, December 13, 2013
Injury report: No Rodgers, but Lacy returns
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- At least the Green Bay Packers won’t be without both their starting quarterback and their top running back Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
On the same day quarterback Aaron Rodgers was ruled out again, the Packers listed running back Eddie Lacy as probable after he practiced Friday for the first time all week.
Lacy sprained his right ankle on the final play of the second quarter in Sunday’s 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He returned midway through the third quarter and finished the game but was in a walking boot through Thursday.
“Right now, after practice today, I feel good,” Lacy said Friday. “I still have 48 hours left, so it’s definitely going to help between now and game time.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy stood by his decision to give the ball to Lacy with four seconds left in the first half and the ball at their own 32-yard line.
Asked if he thought the Packers should have taken a knee, Lacy said, “It’s not my call, man. Whatever the coach calls, that’s what I run.”
The Packers may reduce Lacy’s workload Sunday. He has carried the ball 20 or more times in eight of the past 10 games, including 20 against the Falcons despite missing two full series. It could mean increased playing time for James Starks, who took the majority of the snaps with the starters in practice this week.
“I have no problem giving the ball to James 20 times if that’s the way it shakes out,” McCarthy said. “I like our running back situation right now.”
Here’s the full injury report:
Out: QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, limited participation in practice), DE C.J. Wilson (ankle, did not practice)
Probable: Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle, full participation), LB Brad Jones (ankle, full participation), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, limited participation), LB Jamari Lattimore (knee, limited participation), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, limited participation), OLB Nick Perry (foot, limited participation)