Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:49pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
Although it’s not certain how much Packers RB Ty Montgomery will continue to play out of the backfield given that coach Mike McCarthy said he plans to get recently acquired running back Knile Davis up to speed on the offense this week in advance of Sunday’s game at Atlanta.
Davis played five snaps (and had two carries for 1 yard), while Don Jackson, a rookie who was promoted from the practice squad on the day of the game, played six snaps (and carries twice for 6 yards) before a hand injury ended his day. But with Lacy on injured reserve and James Starks likely to miss at least another game or two, Montgomery remains an option in the backfield.
The story was mostly about ESPN fantasy leagues allowing owners to use Montgomery in their leagues as a RB. As the story said though, how much Montgomery is used there is an uncertainty. Davis has a few extra days to get up to speed but Starks is also expected to return in a few games.
Adams seems to be over his concussion, which will put a dent in Jeff Janis's playing time.
Packer RB Eddie Lacy's season just took a massive hit.
Lacy will need to undergo ankle surgery and will head to injured reserve, a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport reported that the injury is "more than an ankle sprain," and that after a second opinion, surgery on it was a necessity.
We already knew Lacy was out tonight and the backfield picture would be a cloudy one with Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb, Knile Davis and Don Jackson possibly all seeing action. We think Montgomery's stock climbs the most after 10 catches in Week 6, but as we reported Wednesday, Jackson was also working with the first team on Tuesday. Davis, just picked up in a trade this week, will probably be limited because of not being familiar with the playbook. James Starks is expected to miss several weeks with a knee injury.
It's not the world's sexiest trade, but it is for a big name at a skill position, meaning it raises plenty of eyebrows.
With James Starks apparently out multiple weeks and Eddie Lacy banged up, the Packers needed help at the position. The Pack used Randall Cobb and especially Ty Montgomery out of the backfield last week against Dallas but Lacy was the only active RB for Week 6. Davis can help right away but may not have an immediate fantasy impact until he knows more of the playbook. As for the Chiefs, Davis was behind Charles, Ware and West on the depth chart.
Related players: Eddie Lacy
Lacy will play despite an issue with his ankle. It's a good thing as he's the only active RB for the Packers today and should see a nice workload as a result.
Starks was downgraded from questionable to out following practice on Saturday. The veteran backup reported some pain in his knee after a workout Tuesday, and the initial diagnosis is a meniscus injury, according to a source. The Packers are still trying to determine the severity of the injury and a course of action for treatment, in part because Starks spent most of the week out of town to attend his grandmother's funeral. McCarthy also could use receivers Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery out of the backfield, if necessary. Aaron Ripkowski would possibly be next up at RB.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Somewhat surprisingly, Lacy is on track to play. With James Starks (knee, questionable) away dealing with a personal issue, Lacy could see a big workload against the Cowboys. The Packers play late on Sunday. Don Jackson is the only other tailback on the roster, and he’s on the practice squad. If the team calls him up, it will be a sign that either Lacy or Starks won’t play. The Packers play late on Sunday.
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:01pm
Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Somewhat surprisingly, Lacy is on track to play. With James Starks away dealing with a personal issue, Lacy could see a big workload against the Cowboys.
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:01pm
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:42pm
On his second carry after halftime, Packers RB Eddie Lacy injured his left ankle while running for 2 yards on the right side. He limped to the sideline and spent the bulk of the quarter on the training table. Lacy’s ankle was heavily taped, and he tried to test his ankle around the bench area, but he was unable to return.
“It is frustrating,” Lacy said after finishing with 11 carries for 81 yards, “but it happens. Injuries are a part of the game. It’s still early, but it’s definitely frustrating. Especially when you’re doing good, and you want to keep going but you can’t.”
Lacy was able to walk unassisted after the game. The fact he talked with the media could also be a sign his injury isn’t too significant, but it’ll be monitored throughout the week. His goal, Lacy said, is to be ready for the Packers’ next game against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I’m a pretty tough person,” Lacy said. “I should be all right.”
Related players: James Starks
It's not as if the Packers' running game was deficient last season; they ranked 12th overall in the league in rushing yards per game (115.6). But McCarthy wants to start this season the way they finished last year. They averaged 131.0 yards rushing per game over the final six games, including playoffs. In the two playoff games, they rushed for 141 yards against the Redskins and 132 yards against the Cardinals.
"We wanted to run the ball,” McCarthy said. “Eddie Lacy and James Starks is our 1-2 punch. That's been an excellent combination now going into our third year with those two guys. It's important to establish that and make sure those guys touch the football."
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