The Packers may get an immediate return on their investment in Knile Davis.
Via Ed Werder of ESPN.com, the Packers are concerned that running back Eddie Lacy won’t be able to play on Thursday night against the Bears, due to an ankle injury.
“I can’t see him playing,” an unnamed source told Werder.
With James Starks out for at least a couple of weeks, Davis immediately becomes the top option, based on the non-binding-but-quickly-updated online depth chart. The Packers also will likely use Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery in the backfield against Chicago.
Whatever the plan, the absence of Stark and likely Lacy puts more pressure on a passing game engineering by a quarterback who finally has admitted what anyone with eyes can see: He’s not the guy he used to be.
Aaron Rodgers surely can get it back, and if the Packers can find a path to the postseason they’ll be as dangerous as they were when qualifying as the No. 6 seed in 2010. Regardless of what happens going forward, it’s now clear that the Packers have evolved to a new reality, and that they need to find a way to work within their limitations if they hope to win more games than they lose.