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Eddie Lacy said concussion taught him a lesson

Oct. 2, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) leaps over teammate Jordy Nelson (87) while making a run in the first quarter during their game against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) leaps over teammate Jordy Nelson (87) while making a run in the first quarter during their game against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field. / File/Press-Gazette Media

Eddie Lacy said hes learned a lesson from the concussion he suffered against Washington in Week 2.

I dont see me jumping like that anymore, unless its from the 5 or something like that, said Lacy.

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather made a helmet-to-helmet hit against Lacy, who was diving for extra yardage after a 10-yard gain early in the first quarter. Lacy hasnt played since that Sept. 15 game, but he was cleared to practice and was on the field today.

I feel a lot better, and anytime you get a chance to get back on the field youre going to be excited about that, said Lacy, who said that was his first concussion. Im just taking it one day at a time, still getting in the playbook, going through the process, and Ill be happy when I get to play.

Lacy entered the season as the Packers starting halfback, but in his absence James Starks and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin have produced 100-yard games.

If everything goes accordingly and continues to progress then it should be a very good running game this year, said Lacy.

Starks will be out for at least two more weeks with a knee injury, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy. That leaves the Packers with four healthy backs, including Lacy, Franklin, undrafted rookie Michael Hill and fullback John Kuhn, who returned to practice after missing the Bengals game last week with a hamstring injury.

When asked if he considers himself the starter at halfback, Lacy replied: I really dont think it matters, really. If Im able to play, whether I start or not, just being out there is what matters to me the most. Just being able to go out there and help the team.

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