McCarthy Doesn’t Have ‘High Concern’ for Lacy

Eddie Lacy, who sustained hip injury on Monday night, has been a major force during the past nine games. That continued with 13 carries for 73 yards and two total touchdowns vs. Atlanta. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The short week won’t help, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is hopeful that injured running back Eddie Lacy will be ready to go for Sunday’s game at Buffalo.

Lacy sustained a hip bruise during the fourth quarter of Monday night’s win over Atlanta. The injury sidelined him for Green Bay’s final offensive possession.

“I don’t have high concern based off the information talking with Doc McKenzie last night,” McCarthy said on Tuesday, a day after Green Bay’s 43-37 victory over the Falcons. “Coming off a Monday night game, tomorrow will be a lot like a Tuesday (in terms of how the players are feeling). We’ll see how these guys go through their examinations.”

Lacy rushed for 73 yards on 13 attempts to raise his season average to 4.5 yards per carry. In his first four games, he averaged 3.0 yards per carry; in his last nine, he’s averaged 5.1. Plus, in the last six games, he’s caught 23 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns. Against the Falcons, Lacy had 106 total yards and two total touchdowns.

Without Lacy on the final series, James Starks had a 41-yard run to help the Packers run out the final 2:11. Starks had 10 carries for 75 yards. He had only 10 carries (for 7 yards) in the previous three games combined, and 17 carries for 22 yards in the past five.

“He had a great game out there tonight,” Lacy said. “We have to go out and continue to do this for the rest of the season.”

McCarthy called Starks and Lacy “excellent complement(s)” because of Lacy’s bruising running style compared to Starks’ slashing style.

“I just love the fact the way James responds with his opportunities,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, Eddie was the feature back two weeks ago and we went into this with a one-two punch mentality and James was excellent. James Starks has played a lot of excellent football for us over the years and I thought last night was one of his best nights.”

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