Eddie Lacy Injury: Updates on Packers Star's Concussion and Return

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14

Rob Demovsky of ESPN confirmed Eddie Lacy is active for Sunday's game:


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:

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11

ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reported on Eddie Lacy's status, per head coach Mike McCarthy:

Following the announcement, Lacy spoke about when he suffered the concussion in the opener, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

Lacy also talked about steps he's taking to protect his head going forward, via Demovsky and Paul Imig of Fox Sports WI:

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:

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:


Original Text

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:

The Packers first reported the possibility.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport notes Green Bay's upcoming schedule:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky made another note on Lacy's status:

ESPN's Darren Rovell had an interesting note on Lacy's helmet:

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 towat least in the short term.


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