Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams will take their next step in their recoveries from ankle injuries when they go through individual drills at Friday’s practice.
“Just kind of what I said yesterday, got to see them move around,” Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said before Friday’s practice. “So, this will be the first time you get them in individual and if it evolves, we’ll see how it goes. This is normal.”
During the portion of practice open to reporters, Lacy and Adams caught passes and ran through a gauntlet, an apparatice that simulates defenders trying to strip the football. At the end of the gauntlet, they had to cut left or right to simulate evading a defender. Later, Lacy went through a blitz-pickup drill against a dummy-wielding teammate.
Lacy injured an ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s win vs. Seattle and did not return. Adams injured an ankle in the second quarter and returned after halftime, though he clearly was limited.
“Davante Adams, tough guy, obviously to come back and play in the game and compete,” McCarthy said. “You could see that he was definitely hurting, particularly on the first ball he caught after he going back in, and I know he’ll do everything he can to play in the game Monday.”
Cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring), right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and outside linebacker Mike Neal (groin) did not practice. It appeared Morgan Burnett dropped out of practice before reporters were asked to leave. He missed Week 1 with an injured calf.
If Lacy can’t play or is limited, Alonzo Harris might make his NFL debut to give James Starks a break. The undrafted rookie is club-free after breaking a hand before the second preseason game. He has not been active in either of the first two regular-season games.
“Alonzo Harris is getting better,” McCarthy said. “He’s a young guy, just needs to relax a little bit. Into the game-plan weeks are obviously different than going through the training camp installations and the preseason games with installation. He’s getting better and he’s practiced very well on the opponent’s stuff. He’s taken some reps with the first team and he’s getting better.”
A key for Harris, both in the short and long term, will be protecting the quarterback. In the coaches’ eyes, protecting the quarterback and ball security rank above running and catching the ball on the list of job responsibilities for a running back.
“He won’t play in the game if I don’t feel comfortable with him,” McCarthy said.