Friday, December 27, 2013
Injury report: Looks good for Lacy
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The routine for Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been the same the last three weeks: Spend Monday through Thursday in a walking boot, practice lightly on Friday and gut it out on his sprained right ankle on Sunday.
That's the plan again this week.
The Packers listed him as probable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears even though he couldn't finish last Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lacy did not play in the fourth quarter.
"It's sore, but it's nothing it hasn't been in the past," Lacy said Friday.
Lacy was originally injured Dec. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. The next week, he rushed for 141 yards on 21 carries against the Dallas Cowboys and followed that up with 84 yards on 15 carries in three quarters against the Steelers. He also has three rushing touchdowns in the last two games combined.
Lacy, who leads all NFL rookies with 1,112 rushing yards, said he has not had to receive any injections to combat the pain or swelling.
"Obviously the more I keep playing, the sorer it becomes," Lacy said. "But I've been doing a great job of staying in the training room and trying to get as much of it out as I can to be as good as I can be in the game this weekend."
In this season's first meeting with the Bears, Lacy rushed for a season-high 150 yards on 22 carries. The Bears don't just have the NFL's worst run defense, it's the worst by a significant margin. The Bears have allowed an average of 161.5 rushing yards per game, 25.6 more than the 31st-ranked Atlanta Falcons.
In other injury-related news, the Packers increased receiver Randall Cobb's workload in practice Friday in order to see if he's ready to come off the injured/reserve designated to return list. He has not played since he fractured his right tibia just below the knee Oct. 13.
"Like I told Randall before practice, 'Let's push it today and see how it feels tomorrow,'" Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
The Packers would need to add Cobb to the roster Saturday in order to play him Sunday. They have room to do so because they have only 52 players -- one short of the limit -- on the roster. There were at 51 until they promoted rookie cornerback Jumal Rolle from the practice squad Friday.
Here's the full injury report:
Out -- OLB Clay Matthews (thumb)
Probable -- LB Brad Jones (ankle, limited participation in practice), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, limited participation), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, did not practice), LB Nick Perry (foot, did not practice), DT Ryan Pickett (knee, limited participation), TE Andrew Quarless (ankle, limited participation), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, full participation), TE Jake Stoneburner (illness, did not practice), TE Ryan Taylor (illness, full participation).