Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams sat out of Thursday’s practice with the sprained ankles they suffered in the Green Bay Packers’ 27-17 win over Seattle, leaving their availability for Monday night’s game against Kansas City uncertain.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said both players are getting better after three days away from the practice field, but evidently not enough to be inserted back into the lineup.
Adams observed practice from the sideline after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. He returned in the second half, but was limited and caught only one pass. Lacy, right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (unknown) did not practice Thursday.
If neither Lacy nor Adams is able to play against the Chiefs, that would mean larger roles for backup running back James Starks, and young receivers Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis. It could also result in undrafted rookie Alonzo Harris being active for the first time this season.
The Packers still have the benefit of having an extra day with the Monday night matchup. McCarthy also said he’d be very comfortable playing Lacy on limited practice reps. The same situation played out near the end of 2013 when Lacy didn’t practice because of a sprained ankle, but didn’t miss a start.
“Eddie is a very bright, instinctive football player,” McCarthy said Thursday morning. “Very comfortable in what he’s asked to do. I would definitely feel comfortable playing Eddie on a very limited basis as far as his practice reps.”
Inside linebacker Joe Thomas, who re-signed with the Packers Monday, practiced Thursday. He spent the second half of 2014 on the team’s practice squad before being among the team’s final cuts at the end of training camp.
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