Eddie Lacy's ankle 'definitely feels better'
Eddie Lacy said he didn’t feel like “my old self” Monday night, but the Packers running back did well enough playing on a sprained ankle against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lacy rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries, a healthy 4.6-yard average. He also caught three passes for 41 yards. His three missed tackles forced were a season high, according to Pro Football Focus.
So a sore right ankle didn’t stop Lacy, even if it slowed him down. Lacy said he’ll be ready to play Sunday when the Packers travel to the San Francisco 49ers.
“It definitely feels better,” Lacy said. “It’s a shorter week, but I’m still able to get a lot of rehab in and get it for this week. But this weekend, I’ll be ready to go just like last week.”
Lacy said he slept Monday night with a “recovery sock,” which provided compression to help limit his ankle’s swelling Tuesday morning. He also had an open dialogue with the Packers’ coaching staff throughout the game, heading to the sideline whenever he needed a break.
The Packers used a committee of running backs against the Chiefs, with backup James Starks’ 17 carries leading the team. Undrafted rookie Alonzo Harris also rushed twice for 17 yards. Harris’ first carry went for 16 yards.
“He did great on the carry he had,” Lacy said. “He knocked somebody’s mouthpiece out. I think it was a mouthpiece. It looked like it. It looks cool for him definitely, coming in and get your first carry and that happens. It’s definitely a great boost of confidence.”
Lacy got through Monday’s game without further injuring his ankle, he said. Still, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Packers once again used a running back committee with their ground attack when the travel to the San Francisco 49ers this week.
Soon enough, Lacy should be back to his usual workload. His current ankle injury feels better than a sprain he played through at the end of his rookie season, Lacy said.
“It’s not going to be a lingering thing,” Lacy said. “It’s going away. my rookie year, it really didn’t go away.”
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