Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy said his sprained right ankle felt “cool” during Friday’s practice, and he was even able to participate in “a few” team reps.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said before Friday’s practice he expected Lacy to do individual drills. That Lacy was able to participate in team reps is a good sign he’ll be able to play when the Packers host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Regardless, Lacy didn’t make anything official Friday. He said his status will be “day by day” leading up to kickoff.
“We’re not ruling anything out,” Lacy said, “and if I wake up (Saturday) and I don’t feel like I went backwards, then rehab is definitely going to make it feel better for game time.”
Lacy and second-year receiver Davante Adams exited Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with sprained ankles. Adams, unlike Lacy, was able to return to the game. He missed Thursday’s practice, but was able to participate Friday.
Adams was able to move around more than Lacy during practice periods open to media Friday afternoon, though at times there was a noticeable limp. He also described his status as “day to day.” Adams said he was “feeling out” his ankle Friday, and he was happy with the results. At one point, he even took tape off his ankle to lessen the pressure.
“I was able to cut,” Adams said. “The cutting isn’t really the problem. It’s just the pressure when I lean on it a certain way or things like that, but I was able to cut on it pretty good (Friday). I can run pretty much full speed, it’s just a matter of the reactionary-type things, just making sure that everything feels right when I get hands on me and things like that.”
Lacy has played through ankle injuries before. At the end of his rookie year, he was often seen with an air-boot inside the Packers’ locker room, but he was still able to play in games.
This ankle injury feels “different,” Lacy said. When he hurt his ankle Sunday night, he was unable to put any weight on it. Unlike two years ago, no amount of athletic tape made it feel better.
“So I had to shut it down (against the Seahawks),” Lacy said. “But it’s all a mindset, and if I’m able to go out there and play, then I’ll do it.”
McCarthy has said Lacy would be able to play despite limited practice reps, as he did in 2013. Lacy would prefer to practice before Monday, and he was able to participate through the “majority of practice” Friday.
The Packers will have their final practice of the week Sunday.
“I definitely went through the majority of practice,” Lacy said. “I felt good enough to be able to keep going longer than what was expected though. It's cool.”
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