Eddie Lacy probably shouldn’t have played last week, and he definitely won’t play this week. Lacy, who rushed 17 times for 65 yards in Green Bay’s 30-16 loss to Dallas, will miss Thursday’s game against Chicago with an ankle injury.
“The Packers really botched this,” Packers reporter Bill Huber said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He was questionable on last week’s injury report with an ankle. Then Lacy aggravates the ankle injury during the game. He had a pretty good game, all things considered, but he aggravates the ankle. There’s reports he’s going to miss a couple games, reports he might miss longer. Mike McCarthy, for his part, wouldn’t even rule him out when we talked to him (Wednesday). From McCarthy’s judgment, it might not be that bad or maybe he’s just sugarcoating it. But if they would have just not played the guy (against Dallas), maybe they’d be better off. But instead they’re going to pay the price by paying an injured player. This is the total opposite of what they do. These guys have a notoriously conservative medical staff where, if you’re hurt, they tend to lean toward not playing you. It was an out-of-character move by the team to play a guy who was hurt. But Lacy’s been what’s been working, so I assume that’s why he played.”
Several Packers, including Ty Montgomery and the recently acquired Knile Davis, will help carry the load in Lacy’s absence. Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, is still looking for answers. The two-time MVP has struggled mightily this season and has completed just 60.2 percent of his passes for an average of 234 yards per game. He has gone 14 straight contests without a 300-yard effort.
Are Packers fans getting restless?
“Oh, they’re restless, all right. For sure,” Huber said. “There are people questioning whether Rodgers is ever going to get this turned around. Everybody in the world has a theory on what’s wrong with the guy. I don’t know what’s wrong with him, to be honest with you, but the fans are worried and there’s a lot of finger-pointing at Mike McCarthy about whether it’s his scheme or he’s lost this touch with quarterbacks or if the quarterback has tuned him out and is just doing his own thing or if the receivers stink and that’s why Rodgers isn’t any good. But something is clearly wrong with a guy who, a couple years ago, was No. 3 all time in completion percentage. He came into last week’s game ranked 31st in the league. It’s not that he’s mediocre; it’s that he’s bad.”