The Packers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 22-21 win over the Falcons on a snowy day in Green Bay, but their chances of navigating the last three weeks successfully took a bit of a hit when running back Eddie Lacy injured his ankle.
Lacy hurt the ankle on the final play of the first half when coach Mike McCarthy decided to give him the ball on 3rd and 10 from the Green Bay 32 with four seconds left in the first half. Lacy gained a yard and an injury that he said limited him in the second half of the game.
“I definitely couldn’t push off of it as much as I wanted to,” Lacy said, via Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin. “I could feel it whenever I ran and, if I was healthy, I could have broken a couple of tackles. But I couldn’t because I couldn’t push off.”
Though limited, Lacy played the entire game so it appears he should be fine as the team moves forward. The fact that he got hurt at all should resonate with coaches who insist on calling running plays with no chance at the end of halves to run out the clock when they are a long way away from the end zone.
The list of draw plays or other handoffs out of the shotgun that have gone the distance is shorter than the list of people who think NFL officials are doing a good job this season yet we see it every week while wondering why you’d risk injury on a play with so little hope for reward. McCarthy said he didn’t regret the call after the game, but he hurt his team just to kill some time. Having the quarterback take a knee makes that happen without jeopardizing anyone’s health.