It appears that the Green Bay Packers will have running back Eddie Lacy back for their game Sunday against the New York Jets.
Lacy suffered a concussion in the season opener against Seattle seven days ago, and, had there not been 10 days between games, he might not have been ready for the Jets. But coach Mike McCarthy said Lacy was in the final stages of the concussion protocol the NFL mandates and had a chance to be on the practice field Thursday.
"I would say Eddie Lacy is near the end, just based on talking with Eddie and what the medical staff feels," McCarthy said. "He's had good workouts. He's progressed very quickly."
The final step to the protocol in returning Sunday is for Lacy, who watched practice from the sideline, to be cleared by an independent neurologist. If he is able to practice Thursday with no ill effects, it would seem likely that he would be available for the Jets game.
Lacy has a tough matchup with a stingy Jets rush defense, but given his talent and probable workload, he's a very difficult player to bench.