When the Green Bay Packers return from their Week 4 bye week, rookie running back Eddie Lacy believes he’ll be back on the field for their NFC North opener against Detroit on Oct. 6.
Lacy was on the sideline during Sunday’s 34-30 loss to Cincinnati due to the concussion he suffered on his first carry in last week’s 38-20 win over Washington on safety Brandon Meriweather’s helmet-to-helmet hit that garnered a $42,000 league fine.
Lacy wasn't wearing any vindictiveness on Monday afternoon as he prepared for a flight home to Louisiana. Right now, the 5-foot-11, 230-pound running back is back to his old self.
So does that mean he could be back to play against the Lions? Lacy is planning on it.
“Yeah,” Lacy replied when asked if he’ll be back. “Since I wasn’t cleared, I had no intention of playing, but I have a bye week to still get right.”
Lacy said he didn't know where he was after the hit and didn't really regain his faculties until he was sat down on the sidelines.
Still, Packers coach Mike McCarthy held out hope Lacy might be able to suit up against the Bengals despite missing the entire week of practice, but Lacy said it was decided Saturday he wouldn’t play after failing his concussion protocol.
He was able to participate in some walk-through workouts at Paul Brown Stadium before the game to test him out and get his heart rate up.
The Packers have actually run the ball pretty well in the two games they’ve been largely with Lacy with James Starks and Johnathan Franklin leading a Packers’ rushing attack that’s suddenly 10th in the NFL, averaging 128.0-yards per game.
Without Lacy and fullback John Kuhn, the Packers went into Sunday’s game with Starks and Franklin as their only healthy running back options. Starks left with a knee injury at the end of the first half and Franklin developed a foot injury that left them with no backs for a short time.
Lacy said he isn’t sure what steps he needs to pass to clear his concussion protocol, but is feeling fine with the fact two other backs emerged in his absence only further improving the running back room.
“We’re all good backs, man,” Lacy said. “Whenever our number is called – no matter why or what the reason is – we step in place and we do what we have to do. Those guys did exactly that. We pretty much the same type player except Frank, he’s fast, you know. We all hold ourselves accountable to play the same way no matter what.”