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Good news for Eddie Lacy for Week 2

9/11/2014
Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion in the season opener but appears ready for Week 2. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers have undoubtedly benefited from a 10-day window between their first and second contests, perhaps nowhere more than in the area of their run game. Running back Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s game and, as is the case with any player sustaining such an injury, was required to progress through the team’s protocol. There were early encouraging signs; ESPN.com Packers reporter Rob Demovsky noted Lacy was already making progress the day after the injury. Lacy continued to progress, participating fully in team practice on Thursday. Following practice, coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Lacy had been fully cleared and is expected to play Sunday in the team’s home opener against the New York Jets.

An interesting side note to this is that Lacy plans to return to the helmet he wore last season, according to Demovsky. After suffering a concussion last year, Lacy entered this season wearing the new Riddell “SpeedFlex” helmet, which, according to the company’s website, “features The Flex System, with flexibility engineered into the helmet’s shell, face mask and face mask attachment system with hinge clips to help reduce impact force transfer to the athlete.” While the website does not state the helmet will reduce concussions, according to Demovsky, Lacy was under the impression -- along with some of his teammates -- that it would. "That's what we all thought," said Lacy, who indicated several Packers' players with a history of concussions also wore the new helmet.

Let this be a reminder: Helmets do provide a means of head protection but they do not prevent concussions as there is no established way to effectively prevent the brain from moving within the skull. Concussion injury and management is still an evolving entity, and though the injury may not be preventable, there are certainly improved measures in place to control an athlete’s return to activity.

It is good to see a healthy Lacy back in practice. Barring any recurrence of symptoms prior to kickoff, it appears he will indeed take the field this Sunday.