Packers running back Eddie Lacy‘s ankle injury is more severe than a sprain and will keep him out for several weeks, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). For now, he’ll miss the Packers’ game Thursday against NFC North rival Chicago.
Lacy is is seeking a second opinion on his foot from Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. “Anything else is speculation,” a source told Schefter (Twitter link), which somewhat conflicts with Rapoport’s report.
Lacy had a disappointing 2015 as he battled weight issues, but the fourth-year man slimmed down during the offseason and has fared well in 2016. Lacy is currently sporting a career-best 5.1 yards-per-carry average on 71 attempts, though he hasn’t yet found the end zone. The 234-pounder also didn’t exceed 17 carries in any of the Packers’ first five games, in which they went 3-2.
Lacy’s absence will leave the Packers devoid of proven backfield options as they try to bounce back this week. Lacy’s main backup, James Starks, underwent knee surgery Sunday and is out for the foreseeable future. Since then, the club has promoted Don Jackson from its practice squad and acquired Knile Davis from the Chiefs. Davis, a fourth-year veteran, has 233 carries to his name, but his career YPC is a paltry 3.3.
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