It’s now clear why the Green Bay Packers decided not to hold a spot for Eddie Lacy to return this season. But it's unclear what Lacy’s future with the Packers holds.
The running back, who will be a free agent after this season, is still in a walking boot and using a scooter to wheel himself around Lambeau Field on the week he would have been eligible to come off injured reserve because of his left ankle injury. Two weeks ago, the Packers gave up on Lacy when they used their lone designated-to-return exemption on rookie cornerback Makinton Dorleant.
Lacy said he doesn’t expect there to be any long-term effects from his injury and he should be able to resume his regular workouts this offseason. It was those much-discussed workouts that Lacy believes allowed him to get off to the best start of his NFL career. But, his future with the Packers is in doubt. His injury came in the final year of his rookie contract. He was coming off a disappointing 2015 season and reported in better shape after an offseason that included workouts with P90X founder Tony Horton and even though he still looked big, he was clearly more effective than he was last year.