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Eddie Lacy update coming Wednesday, but Pack isn’t looking for a back

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The Packers lost rookie running back Eddie Lacy to a concussion during their win over the Redskins when Washington safety Brandon Meriweather delivered a crushing helmet-to-helmet blow to him early in the game.

At his Monday press conference, coach Mike McCarthy said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that he wouldn’t update Lacy’s condition until Wednesday. He did offer a hint about how the Packers planned to move forward this week, however.

McCarthy said that there were plans for how to use Lacy, James Starks (who ran for 132 yards on Sunday) and Johnathan Franklin in the Redskins game, but that they never got to the ones for Franklin. McCarthy also said that they would make up the game plan for the Week Three trip to Cincinnati based on the players that were already on the roster, which indicates that there are no plans to sign another running back whether or not Lacy is able to play.

With John Kuhn on the roster as well, the Packers should be deep enough to survive under either circumstance and it looks like that’s what they plan to do.

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36 Responses to “Eddie Lacy update coming Wednesday, but Pack isn’t looking for a back”
  1. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:39 PM

    flat out^

  2. bagadeez04 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:45 PM

    Yea as a Packer fan I gotta say I don’t quite understand why Kuhn is still on the roster. At his salary they could get a rookie to do the same job for next to nothing.

    As for Merriweather …He should be suspended those shots he took with his helmet were redonks. Amazing neither warranted a penalty…refs don’t like the Pack oh well.

  3. greenbaypackersowner says: Sep 16, 2013 5:46 PM

    Eddie Lacy is the next Earl Campbell.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 16, 2013 5:46 PM

    I don’t think it matters very much who the running back is. Rodgers could have thrown for 700 yards on Sunday if he wanted to.

  5. esotericmindguy says: Sep 16, 2013 5:47 PM

    Look for the Packers to pass 90% of the time, and win by 2 touchdowns.

  6. doall24 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    i still find it unbelievable the refs didn’t call a penalty on that hit. all that talk on cutting down helmet to helmet hits was a joke. goodell needs to clear up that rule, and make sure the refs are calling those hits. how they missed that blatant penalty is a mystery to me.

  7. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 16, 2013 5:50 PM

    Packers are leading the league in yards, and 2nd in points.

    They’ll win this week with or without Lacy, although I’d really like to see what the kid can do.

  8. nickynick04 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:55 PM

    We all take jabs at each others teams , bust chops etc…but that was a wicked hit to the head….I hope he ll be ok

  9. twonis says: Sep 16, 2013 5:55 PM

    The article also doesn’t mention that they could legitimately move Randall Cobb into an RB role for enough plays per game to offset the difference. Plus, you could have Quarless playing an HBack role in protection.

    They’ll be fine and with the week off after Cinci they’ll have Lacy back soon enough.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Sep 16, 2013 5:59 PM

    They could lose Starks and it wouldn’t change their game plan. They have a QB (as opposed to the Vikings) so their plan is to throw, throw and throw some more.

  11. hatesycophants says: Sep 16, 2013 6:00 PM

    If you saw the look in Lacey’s eyes after that hit, you know doggone well he is concussed. He got laid out.

  12. packhawk04 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:03 PM

    Considering what starks did against the redskins, wouldve been interesting to see what lacy wouldve done. Dirty hits by meriweather. Ill be shocked if hes not suspended, but i was shocked when they didnt suspend suh for his cheap shot on john sullivan, so who knows.

  13. teamnorsecore says: Sep 16, 2013 6:07 PM

    What happened to Jonathan Franklin? Remember….”Thunder and Lightning”…….Lacy and Frankin?

  14. irishgary says: Sep 16, 2013 6:08 PM

    @twonis

    I’m a packers fan and your post is dumb.

    Did you watch the game yesterday? Cobb will line up in the backfield on 3 or 4 plays, but he will not be their running back.

    Quarrles? Really?

    The Packers will stick with Starks and maybe Franklin will see some snaps.

  15. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 16, 2013 6:26 PM

    teamnorsecore says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:07 PM
    What happened to Jonathan Franklin? Remember….”Thunder and Lightning”…….Lacy and Frankin?

    —–

    Word is he’s not adapting to the NFL as well as people had hoped. Good thing we didn’t take him number 12 overall.

  16. spiderperv says: Sep 16, 2013 6:26 PM

    teamnorsecore says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:07 PM
    What happened to Jonathan Franklin? Remember….”Thunder and Lightning”…….Lacy and Frankin?

    —————–

    The 120 plus rushing yards by Starks coupled with 480 passing yards and a victory made us forget. Two solid runners to give Franklin time to develop? That sucks.

  17. axespray says: Sep 16, 2013 6:28 PM

    teamnorsecore says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:07 PM
    “What happened to Jonathan Franklin? Remember….”Thunder and Lightning”…….Lacy and Frankin?”
    ————————–
    Franklin is supposed to be the 3rd down change of pace type dude – but his pass blocking/blitz pickup sucks at the moment, since we throw it on 3rd downs, he better be good helping the oline give Rodgers time.

  18. vikescry1 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    bagadeez04 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 5:45 PM
    Yea as a Packer fan I gotta say I don’t quite understand why Kuhn is still on the roster. At his salary they could get a rookie to do the same job for next to nothing.

    As for Merriweather …He should be suspended those shots he took with his helmet were redonks. Amazing neither warranted a penalty…refs don’t like the Pack oh well.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————— um if you don’t understand why kuhn is on the team then you should read more or not quote about it. kuhn is the best blocking back on 3rd downs. they don’t keep him around because he’s a 1000 yard rusher, more of a security blanket for rodgers.

  19. teal379 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:34 PM

    bagadeez04 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:45 PM

    Yea as a Packer fan I gotta say I don’t quite understand why Kuhn is still on the roster. At his salary they could get a rookie to do the same job for next to nothing.

    Because Kuhn is the best guy in the backfield at picking up the blitz when needed and not only picking it up but doing so effectively.

    GB doesn’t have stellar linemen but Kuhn does offer quite a bit of help. No rookie can do what he does in that area.

  20. vikescry1 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:36 PM

    irishgary says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:08 PM
    @twonis

    I’m a packers fan and your post is dumb.

    Did you watch the game yesterday? Cobb will line up in the backfield on 3 or 4 plays, but he will not be their running back.

    Quarrles? Really?

    The Packers will stick with Starks and maybe Franklin will see some snaps.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————– i think what twonis was saying is if needed they could put cobb and quarrles in the backfield for a short time. and our tight ends do some fullback type plays sometimes, so its possible.

  21. vikescry1 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:38 PM

    lets also just say that to those of you who say the packers get all the calls?? obviously not…

  22. mrturophile says: Sep 16, 2013 6:41 PM

    Pack don’t need another back even if Lacy can’t go on Sunday. Starks clearly can do the job. Franklin can get a few reps and Cobb can line up in the backfield as part of their plan to use him all over. I believe even Ross lined up in the backfield once. The Packers will have no shortage of backfield options for the Bengals. After that, it’s a bye week.

  23. hatesycophants says: Sep 16, 2013 7:20 PM

    Comparing Suh to Merriweather or Goldson displays an obvious lack of football knowledge. You must be one of the Glee/reality tv “fans” the new NFL covets? Ah, just a typical Packers fan. Got it.

    Welcome.

  24. immafubared says: Sep 16, 2013 7:33 PM

    Like the innovation of these new NFL coaches. For example, John Hairball uses an O linemen to block for the running back rather than take a spot on the roster up like a Kuhn in Green Bay.
    Great idea. a big body to fill the gap and you don’t give up a position.
    Full backs should be obsolete.

  25. immafubared says: Sep 16, 2013 7:38 PM

    Jonathon Franklin is a busts. He will get little if any playing time. He is too whimpy to play in the NFL. He doesn’t use his speed but rather waits for an opening that never happens and ends up tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

    The pack thought he could use his explosiveness to pop through the holes but he is afraid to do that.

    Put a fork in him he is done. Maybe would have been cut if Harris wasn’t injured.

  26. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:02 PM

    Next man up got 125 yards.

    It’s good to be us.

  27. beerbratscheese says: Sep 16, 2013 9:09 PM

    hatesycophants says:
    Sep 16, 2013 7:20 PM
    Comparing Suh to Merriweather or Goldson displays an obvious lack of football knowledge. You must be one of the Glee/reality tv “fans” the new NFL covets? Ah, just a typical Packers fan. Got it.
    =================================

    I’m not 100% familiar with the Goldson situation, but how can you not compare Suh and Merriweather?

    Both situations are based on rules in the books for a while, but just being emphasized this year. And both players have a history of cheap shots and fines to show for it.

    If anything, since Merriweather is guilty of leading with the crown of his helmet not once, but twice, he could/should face a stiffer penalty than Suh.

  28. beedubyatoo says: Sep 16, 2013 9:20 PM

    Jonathon Franklin is a busts.
    ————————-
    Bet he’s popular in the locker room.

  29. golynxgo says: Sep 16, 2013 9:22 PM

    He led with his helmet TWICE arms weren’t extended he was launching himself like a missile
    A Hole

  30. papo414 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:38 PM

    The Packers only need a running game in the playoffs

  31. judsonjr says: Sep 16, 2013 9:45 PM

    For all those ragging on the guy about cutting Kuhn, he probably would have been gone but the Packers were not really up against the cap. So they have the luxury of paying someone $3M to be a 3rd down blocking back.

    I honestly didn’t remember Kuhn even playing last week and he now has an injured hammy. Starks was playing every down, and they used a TE as a lead blocker a number of times.

  32. shaggytoodle says: Sep 17, 2013 2:50 AM

    I cant really blame him for the hit on Lacy he was jumping over a player as seen in the photo.
    James Starks may have lowered his shoulder and came into helmet to helmet contact.

    In my opinion though, I cant give him the benefit of the doubt. He jacked up Heap when blatantly launched himself into him, was also fined for late hits in Chi., and don’t forget about the brawl in college.

    Its obvious he doesn’t care about player safety others, or his own. The only silver lining is his style of pay backfired on him, I don’t like to see players get hurt, but when you play that style of football you get injured more, just like James Harrison.

  33. rtp295 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:40 PM

    Starks did well Sunday but I wanna see Franklin get some carries, I know he isn’t adapting as well but how is he supposed to sitting on the sidelines? Would be interested to see what he would do on a few screens. This is all assuming Lacy is unable to play.

  34. deltaoracle says: Sep 17, 2013 4:04 PM

    #3 projected RB in preseason goes for over 100 yards behind the “porous” OLine. I guess that’s the reason Packer fans think that Ted Thompson is pretty good at his job.

  35. 700iq says: Sep 18, 2013 8:19 AM

    hey Tokyo,
    You are a MORON…

  36. donsjohnson says: Sep 18, 2013 12:19 PM

    I’m not a Packer fan, but certainly not a Packer hater either. Just trying to be an unbiased bystander: The Packers are no doubt great in that one dimension of their offense, i.e., passing. But they are still one-dimensional, which means not only great teams like Seattle/Niners might be able to exploit that in the playoffs, but also good teams like Cincy might be able to during these regular season games. This Cincy game will be a great contest to watch. Had the Packers not lost a quick ‘scatback’ like RB DuJuan Harris to season IR, who was just the type of rb the Packers needed with that below-average Zone-Blocking OLine of theirs, then the Packers would not be so one-dimensional. Prior to losing Harris (and LT Bulaga) to IR, given their improved defense I thought they looked like SB contenders on paper who could overtake the Niners and match Seattle. (This is exactly what Pat Kirwan thought too, before Bulaga went down.)

    But hey, no one can deny their passing game is entertaining to watch, and an 11-5 season is not unrealistic. Jordy Nelson is amazing to watch–his athleticism defies the typical “White men can’t jump” label, if I may say that here. I just think the Packers might be a couple horses short on legitimately contending for the Lombardi this year. Great teams like Seattle will prove too much for them.

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