Report: Packers RB Eddie Lacy not expected to play against Bears

The Green Bay Packers are unlikely to have running back Eddie Lacy available for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.

From ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Lacy, who is still dealing with a sprained ankle, rushed 17 times for 65 yards during Green Bay’s 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. A short turnaround ahead of Thursday night’s game against Chicago doesn’t give the big running back much time to rest and heal his “very sore” ankle.

Lacy’s backup, James Starks, is out for up to a month after knee surgery.

Desperate for depth at running back, the Packers swung a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for veteran Knile Davis. He practice with the Packers on Tuesday. Rookie running back Don Jackson remains on the practice squad, but he could be called up if Lacy can’t go and Davis isn’t ready. Receiver Ty Montgomery is another option after playing a significant role at running back against the Cowboys.

In a perfect world, the Packers would rest Lacy on Thursday night in an effort to give his ankle maximum recovery time before Week 8. However, the Packers dangerously thin at the position and in need of Lacy’s ability to control the game on the ground.

More than likely, the Packers will have to use Lacy in some capacity against the Bears, even if he isn’t anywhere close to 100 percent.


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