Packers running back Eddie Lacy has an ankle injury that will keep him out for several weeks, NFL Network reported Tuesday night.
Lacy didn’t practice Tuesday, and previous reports said he wasn’t likely to play Thursday vs. the Bears but didn’t label his injury as significant or a long-term issue. NFL Network’s report called the injury more than a sprain.
The Packers were already thin at running back. Backup James Starks is out for a few weeks after knee surgery, and the Packers made a trade Tuesday to acquire Knile Davis from the Chiefs. Davis almost has no choice but to learn as much as he can about his new team’s offense ahead of Thursday’s game.
The Packers can — and will likely have to — also use wide receivers Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery in the backfield. Cobb and Montgomery each have five rushes on the season.
Rookie running back Don Jackson could also be promoted from the practice squad before Thursday.
Lacy is averaging 5.1 yards per carry but doesn’t have a rushing touchdown this season.