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James Starks missed practice, Packers hoping Eddie Lacy can play

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 09:  James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers is pursued by Michael Hunter #39 of the New York Giants during the first half of a game at Lambeau Field on October 9, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

As it turns out, Eddie Lacy not practicing fully might be the least of the Packers worries at running back.

Via Rob Demovsky of, veteran running back James Starks wasn’t even on the practice field with what was described as a knee injury. That left Lacy, doing limited work on a sore left ankle, as the only running back making an appearance in Packers practice at all.

“Well, it’s going to have to be next guy up,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “We’re going to have to see who that is and adjust accordingly. I’m thinking Eddie is going to be OK this week. Hopefully.”

Lacy was heavily taped but doing individual drills during the portion of practice open to reporters. If he’s able to play Sunday against the Cowboys, they’d still likely need to make a roster move to add a third running back to the roster.

Fullback Aaron Ripowski is on the roster but not much of a ball-carrier, while running back Don Jackson is on their practice squad.

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9 Responses to “James Starks missed practice, Packers hoping Eddie Lacy can play”
  1. thebigkuhuna says: Oct 13, 2016 6:36 AM

    Why would any team only have 2 running backs on the team???

  2. frozenstiff says: Oct 13, 2016 6:55 AM

    Cry me a river !

  3. tritz32 says: Oct 13, 2016 7:22 AM

    Eddie Lacy is the only player on offense who has looked good all year long but for whatever reason MM doesn’t give him the ball for long stretches. He was destroying the Giants in the 1st half and went 8 minutes without a touch to close the 2nd quarter while James Starks was getting his carries. Starks consistently tries to bounce plays outside and can’t be past the line of scrimmage when he’s not trying to give the ball to the other team. Lacy is averaging 5.4 yards/carry yet MM loves handing the ball off to a WR multiple times/game. Those WR handoffs are netting maybe 1 yard/carry and are a complete waste of a down. Lacy gets stronger as the game goes on and really wears down the defense. MM – he needs more than 14 touches a game especially when Rodgers hasn’t looked like his former MVP self for a full calendar year. We are quickly approaching MM expiriation date.

  4. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Oct 13, 2016 8:12 AM

    Yikes. Gonna be tough to get much done without these guys. Did they goof off on the bye week? Smh. GO PACK…


  5. kippster59 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:46 AM

    And yet TT didn’t even kick the tires on Justin Forsett? Sure hope Eddie can play because I’m way too old and fat to suit up…although the game check would be nice!

  6. gtodriver says: Oct 13, 2016 9:16 AM

    The only part of the Packer offense that has looked reasonably decent this season (12th in YPG compared to 27th in passing) is the ground game.

    Where is that great depth that Packer fans have told us about?

  7. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Oct 13, 2016 9:45 AM

    My Packers don’t need Starks or any RBs. We have Aaron. And that’s it. If Aaron isn’t the star, he will pout. If Aaron is the star, he will pout.

  8. lindacaseauthor says: Oct 13, 2016 9:52 AM

    Welcome to the injury bug, Cheeseheads, and truly having no knowns being”next man up”. But hey, no excuses.
    Signed the three other NFCN teams.

  9. Ferdinand says: Oct 13, 2016 7:48 PM

    Randall Cobb has been involved in more running plays this year than ever. I would expect him to get a few more carries.

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