GREEN BAY – Eddie Lacy is making progress following his concussion – he was even able to attend practice Wednesday, although he did not participate – but the Green Bay Packers rookie running back’s availability for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati is uncertain.
Here’s a look at the full, official injury report for both teams from Wednesday:
While Packers coach Mike McCarthy certainly wasn’t ruling Lacy out for Sunday’s game, he did say that James Starks will start at running back.
“Eddie Lacy is making progress. He seems to be doing fine,” McCarthy said after practice. “He’s going through the protocol, so we’ll take another step tomorrow.”
Asked about the severity of the concussion, McCarthy replied. “He looks good. He’s in the meetings and that’s always a positive sign, but he’s got a couple more tests in front of him that he has to pass before he’ll be able to practice.”
Washington safety Brandon Meriweather, who delivered the hit that resulted in Lacy’s concussion, was fined $42,000 by the NFL for the hit on Wednesday. The fine was first reported by Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com. Meriweather was not flagged on the play and will not be suspended despite being a repeat offender.
“What happens in the game, particularly the one this past Sunday as far as officiating, I have no comment on,” McCarthy said. “There’s a procedure and opportunity to communicate with the league office. That’s always an option for us as a club asfar as what’s called and not called. That’s why they have the system in place to go back and look at games and make sure they got it right. There’s league discipline and there’s officiating. Sometimes you get the calls, sometimes you don’t.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy ruled Hayward, who injured his hamstring before training camp and reinjured it Aug. 23 against Seattle, out for the team’s final game before the bye.
“He just tells me he’s making progress,” McCarthy said. “He had a similar injury, this one wasn’t ‘posed to be as bad as when he hurt it the first time the day before. When he came back for training camp. So, he’s making progress.”
Finley has been bothered by a toe injury since last week. He took last Wednesday off, too, then practiced Thursday and Friday before playing on Sunday.
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