Green Bay Packers Looking Ahead, Not Back, with Eddie Lacy

“Everything Eddie wants to accomplish is right there in front of him,” coach McCarthy said before Tuesday's practice.

After being disciplined for a curfew violation, Eddie Lacy has a chance to regain his status as the Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 running back.

Then again, all options appear to be on the table as the Packers enter the final quarter of the regular season with uncertainty in the backfield.

With the Packers returning to the practice field on Tuesday to get an early jump on their preparation for Sunday’s home game against Dallas, the Packers’ running back rotation is as open as it’s been since DuJuan Harris burst onto the scene late in 2012 to become the No. 1 back for the playoffs. Packers coach Mike McCarthy very well could ride whoever emerges as the hot hand during the course of the games.

“Everything Eddie wants to accomplish is right there in front of him,” McCarthy said on Tuesday. “That’s what we’re focusing on today. Everything’s in front of him. If Eddie or any other player wants to jump up and grab that opportunity, it’s right in front of him.”

According to a story from ESPN.com’s Rob Demovksy on Friday, Lacy and rookie running back Alonzo Harris missed curfew the night before Thursday night’s game against the Detroit Lions. Lacy was demoted and Harris was released.

After averaging 19.5 carries in back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Minnesota and Chicago, Lacy played only 19 snaps in the Packers’ come-from-behind victory over the Lions. Veteran James Starks started the game and rushed nine times for 15 yards, and undrafted rookie John Crockett, who was promoted from the practice squad to take Harris’ spot just hours before kickoff, started the second half and led the backs with 22 yards on five carries.

Lacy, meanwhile, rushed five times for 4 yards and lost 3 yards on his only reception, giving him 1 yard of total offense. It was a significant step backward after Lacy appeared to have gotten back on track following a four-game stretch in which he rushed for just 78 yards.

McCarthy, however, is willing to give another shot to Lacy, who topped 1,100 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons. This season, he has a team-high 517 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns but also a career-high four fumbles.

“I think Eddie’s been rejuvenated,” McCarthy said. “His work was good today. Checked in on him, just like I do with all of our players. I look for him to have a very good week of practice and look for him to be productive Sunday. We’re looking for what’s in front of us. We talk about what’s behind us way too much. We’re really focused on today and beating the Cowboys. That’s what I want everybody to think about, talk about. That’s (what) we’re looking forward to.”


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