Lacy will be placed on injured reserve due to his ankle injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
After a second opinion, Lacy's left ankle suffered more than a sprain, requiring surgery to alleviate the concern. Under the NFL's new rules concerning IR, each team can activate one player from the list during the season, so his recovery will be one to monitor closely in the coming weeks and months. For the time being, the Packers' backfield is ripe with uncertainty. Scooped up from the Chiefs earlier this week, Davis will likely require some time to learn the nuances of the playbook, relegating him to kick-return duties. Outside of Davis, Ty Montgomery has received reps out of the backfield of late, but his pass-catching chops will likely make him a complementary piece to recently promoted running back Don Jackson.
Until Tuesday evening, there appeared to be a chance Lacy would play on a short week, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network revealed that the running back could be sidelined for a number of games. Indeed, head coach Mike McCarthy hinted Wednesday it would be difficult for Lacy to suit up in Week 7, and shortly thereafter, the decision was made to shelf him for the third time in his career. Because James Starks (knee) will be out for at least four weeks, the Packers will have to rely upon recent pickup Knile Davis, Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb and fullback Aaron Ripkowski out of the backfield. It remains to be seen if the team will also promote true running back Don Jackson from the practice squad.
Lacy (ankle) will be hard-pressed to play Thursday versus the Bears, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports. "He's going to have to have a wonderful, great 24 hours to play in the game," head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. "We'll see what tomorrow brings, but he will be working in the large rehab group today."
Upholding his standard of no practice this week, Lacy will instead "work with the rehab group" Wednesday, according to McCarthy. The head honcho also noted that Lacy has "made a little bit of progress," but prudence seems like the logical approach in a backfield beset by injury. If Lacy joins James Starks (knee) on the Packers' inactive list Thursday, running back will likely be held down by some combination of trade acquisition Knile Davis, wideouts Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb, and fullback Aaron Ripkowski. Additionally, the organization may promote Don Jackson from the practice squad in order to trot out a more traditional RB corps.
McCarthy did not comment on a report that surfaced Tuesday night indicating Lacy would miss several weeks with his ankle injury, but he did note that the Packers are still in the process of evaluating Lacy's health. Lacy has not practiced at all this week, so his chances of playing in Week 7 do not appear promising. Knile Davis, Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb and Don Jackson are all options to receive carries for the Packers on Thursday if Lacy is unable to suit up.
Lacy will consult Dr. Robert Anderson for a second opinion in the near future, but reports suspect that the injury is more than just a sprained ankle, making this an ailment of greater significance than originally anticipated. With fellow running back James Starks expected to be out for four weeks, the rushing load will rest on the shoulders of newly signed Knile Davis as well as wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who carried three times for six yards in Week 6 and stands to see an expanded role in the backfield with the
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