If the Green Bay Packers have to go without Aaron Rodgers for a sixth consecutive game this Sunday against Dallas, it would at least help to have Eddie Lacy in the backfield.
The Packers were without their booming rookie running back during practice on Wednesday after he sprained his ankle in Sunday’s 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he’ll rehab again on Thursday but could practice on Friday if his evaluation goes well.
Lacy was responsible for 49 of the Packers’ 90 total yards on their opening scoring drive, which was capped by a Lacy 1-yard touchdown run, but was noticeably limping after a 1-yard carry before halftime.
Lacy (227-879-7) would be a prime candidate to become the first Packers’ running back to surpass 1,000 rushing yards since 2009 should he play Sunday. The Cowboys, whose defense is last in the league in total yards allowed by 25.6 yards, are 28th against the run (128.4).
“Eddie runs really, really hard, man,” said recently signed backup Kahlil Bell. “He’s extremely tough to bring down, hits the hole and is an extremely physical back. I love watching him run because I’m a firm believer it shouldn’t take one guy to bring you down. … It’s encouraging to see because that’s the kind of running back I’d like to be: hard-nosed, down-hill runner.”
Either way, Lacy’s ankle injury might open up more opportunities for Bell and veteran James Starks, who’s averaging 3.6 carries a game over the last five contests.
Defensively, the Packers are optimistic inside linebackers Brad Jones (ankle) and Jamari Lattimore (knee) might be able to play after leaving within four plays of one another in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win.
The gauge wasn’t as promising for wide receiver Myles White, who suffered a partially torn meniscus on a third-quarter catch against the Falcons.
The injury won’t require surgery, but will keep him out three-to-four weeks. With only three regular-season games left, the Packers opted to place him on injured reserve.
“It wasn’t a situation where it hurt as much as I just felt some looseness in it, a little soreness,” said White, who had nine catches for 66 yards in seven games. “I went into the training room to check it out, took an MRI and it end up being torn. It is what it is.”