Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14
Rob Demovsky of ESPN confirmed Eddie Lacy is active for Sunday's game:
Full #Packers inactives: Scott Tolzien Demetri Goodson Carl Bradford Brad Jones Bryan Bulaga Jeff Janis Jayrone Elliott— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 14, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette has an update on Lacy's status for the Packers' next game:
#Packers Injury report: Out: LB Jones (quad), Quest: T Bulaga (knee), Prob TE Bostick (fibula), CB Goodson (concussion), RB Lacy (concussion— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) September 12, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11
ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reported on Eddie Lacy's status, per head coach Mike McCarthy:
MM on Lacy: Eddie practiced full, he looked great. He is cleared and practiced. He had a normal practice today.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 11, 2014
Following the announcement, Lacy spoke about when he suffered the concussion in the opener, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
#Packers RB Eddie Lacy said last year's concussion was "significantly worse" than this one.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 11, 2014
Eddie Lacy asked if he's worried about having 2nd concussion: "Nah. Still laughing, joking around and playing football. So it's cool."— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 11, 2014
Lacy also talked about steps he's taking to protect his head going forward, via Demovsky and Paul Imig of Fox Sports WI:
Eddie Lacy said he's going back to his old helmet after the Riddell SpeedFlex helmet failed to prevent a concussion like he thought.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 11, 2014
Interesting comments from Eddie Lacy. Says he'll eventually have to change running style to avoid concussions. More to come. #Packers— Paul Imig (@Paulimig) September 11, 2014
Earlier, Demovsky noted his observations from Packers practice:
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10
Coach Mike McCarthy commented on where Eddie Lacy stands with the league's concussion protocol, via Rob Demosky of ESPN.com:
McCarthy: Eddie Lacy is near the end of the (concussion protocol). He's had good workouts, and he's progressed quickly.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 10, 2014
Jason Wilde of ESPN reported on what Lacy was doing at Packers practice:
Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Fox Sports' Paul Imig and Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel have the latest details:
McCarthy: Eddie Lacy has "cleared the first step" of the concussion protocol. #Packers— Paul Imig (@Paulimig) September 5, 2014
McCarthy on concern it's Lacy's second concussion: "I think it's been clearly stated that we don't take unnecessary risk with our players."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 5, 2014
It seems like last season's bad luck is carrying over to 2014 for the Green Bay Packers, as they are once again dealing with an injury to a key player.
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole confirmed the worst:
Eddie Lacy concussion was confirmed #Packers— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) September 5, 2014
The Packers first reported the possibility.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport notes Green Bay's upcoming schedule:
#Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that RB Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion. He doesn’t play for 10 days.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2014
ESPN's Rob Demovsky made another note on Lacy's status:
Eddie Lacy, wearing sunglasses on the way out of the locker room, not available for comment because he's being checked for a concussion— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 5, 2014
ESPN's Darren Rovell had an interesting note on Lacy's helmet:
Riddell SpeedFlex helmet, which says it reduces impact force and was on Eddie Lacy tonight, hits the market on Oct. 1.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 5, 2014
Lacy had run for just over 30 yards against the vaunted Seattle defense prior to the injury.
The former Alabama star was named the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year last season after rushing for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl squad. However, Lacy did suffer a concussion last season, which makes this injury even more concerning.
There were plenty of people expecting a big jump from the running back in his second year, including NFL Network's Stacey Dales:
On the other hand, Lacy explained to Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was anticipating a challenge entering his second season:
I think it will be tougher, because it's not like you're surprising everyone. When you first come in, people doubt you. They know what you did in college, but they don't know if it will translate to the next level. But once you get that year in and people see what you've done and it's no longer surprising, they're going to prepare for you the way they prepare for whoever else is good at that position.
While he has had some success, this latest injury is at least a bump in the road. If he can make his way back onto the field sooner rather than later, the team should trust him to step right back into his spot in the lineup.
In the meantime, James Starks will likely take over the starting job for as long as Lacy is sidelined. The veteran finished with 493 rushing yards last year in relief of the rookie, and his past experience as a spot starter should make this transition fairly seamless.
The Packers should be just fine in Lacy's absence with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a long list of talented receivers in tow—at least in the short term.
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