GREEN BAY – Eddie Lacy sat out his second straight day of practice Thursday, but coach Mike McCarthy says the Green Bay Packers medical staff has given him reason to expect the rookie running back to be ready to go for Sunday’s game at Dallas.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' situation, meanwhile, remains unclear.
Lacy, who sprained his right ankle at the end of the first half of last Sunday’s victory over Atlanta, was wearing a walking boot in the locker room Thursday and politely declined to speak with a reporter.
“I feel good about Eddie Lacy, just as far as the feedback from the medical staff,” McCarthy said. “He’ll be evaluated in the morning, and then we’ll see what the plan is for Eddie as far as practice.”
Here is the full, official injury report for Thursday, which remained unchanged for both teams from Wednesday:
Running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said he expects Lacy to practice Friday, having been told by the running back that the swelling in his ankle has gone down significantly. While sitting out practice, Lacy has been spending extra time with Van Pelt to make sure he’s on top of the week’s game plan.
“We talked early in the week about him locking in. getting the mental reps is more important than ever this week. We’ll see. This is the first time it’s happened,” said Van Pelt, pointing out that Lacy missed practice after a Week 2 concussion against Washington on Sept. 15 but there was no intention of him playing at Cincinnati the following week. ”Just extra time in meetings, and having him in your hip pocket during practice so you can talk through everything with him, I think that’ll help. But Eddie’s a football player. He’ll show up on Sunday.”
Asked if Lacy must practice Friday in order to play, Van Pelt replied, “My gut would say if he’s good to go, he goes. Obviously there’s a decision o be made. Tomorrow he’s going to have to go out there and practice. I don’t think (McCarthy) would take anybody into a game that hasn’t practiced, especially a rookie. Some circumstances (he does), but I’m expecting to see Eddie on the field tomorrow.”
If Lacy can’t go, or were to reinjure the ankle during the game, James Starks would get the nod and be backed up by recently signed Kahlil Bell.
“I feel confident with James. James has had another good week of practice,” Van Pelt said. “He runs with a lot of violence. Even against the scout team. He’s running through tackles and he’s looked good for the last couple weeks now. I feel confident if we need James to carry the load for us, if Eddie’s limited and we have to split them, whatever we have to do.”
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