"Eddie had some foot soreness," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "They just pulled him out there near the end."
The Packers had said they wanted to limit Lacy's workload, but during the first few days of camp, he had taken the majority of reps. Veteran James Starks is Lacy's backup.
"I'm cool," Lacy said after asked about the possibility of dropping some weight.
Lacy, unlike some of his teammates, took the offseason to simply rest the wear and tear off his body from last year's punishment.
"It took my body a long time," Lacy said. "For all the hits and stuff to go away. Resting definitely helps and after that I got after it a little bit."
Lacy rushed for 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
The statistics say one thing.
Lacy finished sixth in the NFL last year with 49 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus, which further reveals that his 690 yards after contact was topped only by four others. But he knows what he wants to improve on in 2015.
"Finishing runs," he declared to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "A lot of times I'll get into the secondary and I'll stop my feet or, as my coach likes to say, 'Hit the brakes.' ... This year, I don't want to do do that. ... I want to get to the secondary and if there's a guy there, whoever it may be, instead of me hitting the air brakes, I want to push the gas and make it harder on him and maybe he'll miss a tackle and I'll break a long one."
Lacy was among the most productive all-around backs in the league a year ago. He finished with 1,139 yards rushing on a 4.6 YPC average and added 427 yards receiving. He scored 13 touchdowns.
McCarthy had talks with Lacy at the end of the last two seasons talking about his number of snaps and what he expected of the running back.
"I really felt that last year's conversation was more important than this year's, the ability to make a huge jump from Year One to Two, being a three-down player, that was something we stressed from Day One, and I thought he delivered," McCarthy said at the NFL owners meetings this week.
The head coach liked the way that the team used Lacy last season, limiting his snaps early in the year before increasing them as the season wore on.
"Maybe not run attempts," McCarthy said of hitting the target he set. "But I thought we were really smart the way we used him....I thought his pass protection he made a huge jump, and his ability to play out of the backfield.
"Eddie has excellent hands, and just his understand and his feel with Aaron, he definitely made a step."
In his first two seasons in the NFL, the 24-year-old has 2,317 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. He has also added 77 receptions for 684 yards and four touchdown catches.
Lacy, who came into the game dealing with a small knee injury, wasn't able to find a ton of running room, with a long run of 13 yards.
He finishes his second year in the league with 1,313 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 286 carries.
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