Lacy looks to fix contact lens issue

Weston Hodkiewicz
View Comments

Eddie Lacy was returning to Green Bay following an autograph signing earlier this week when his eye started bothering him, so naturally he removed his contact.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) stares down Atlanta Falcons safety Dwight Lowery (20) on a long run during the first quarter of Monday night's game at Lambeau Field.

Except that only made matters worse. The irritation got to the point the Packers' second-year running back popped up on the injury report as a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Lacy hasn't worn the contact this week. Sitting on a table near his locker, he points out that he can't see quarterback Scott Tolzien's nameplate across the room if he closes his right eye.

Neither Packers coach Mike McCarthy nor Lacy expect the condition to jeopardize his availability for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lacy believes he'll be able to reinsert his contact on Saturday.

Otherwise, could goggles be an option?

"I refuse," said Lacy with a laugh. "I don't want to say I refuse because I might because I think it will be better than wearing contacts, but that's kind of old-fashioned."

Lacy said he's been reminded a few times of former athletes who a good deal of fame for their use of googles, including former Los Angeles Lakers forward Kurt Rambis and six-time Pro Bowl running back Eric Dickerson.

"That's what I get, Eric Dickerson," Lacy said. "I don't know, that's a business decision."

The irritation came as a result of Lacy wearing his extended contact lenses past their shelf life of 30 days. He's planning on wear the contacts against the Buccaneers, but take them out immediately afterward.

He also plans to buy a pair of glasses for when he's not playing. Lacy needs 60 rushing yards over his last two games to eclipse 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season.

View Comments