Eddie Lacy: Actions Are What Matter Next for Green Bay Packers Running Back

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy said he's learned a "life lesson" from his demotion.

Eddie Lacy, the Green Bay Packers’ demoted running back, and coach Mike McCarthy have cleared the air.

What happens next is up to Lacy.

After back-to-back 100-yard games, Lacy reportedly violated the team’s curfew before Thursday night’s game at Detroit. Lacy rushed five times for 4 yards and fell behind not only veteran James Starks but undrafted rookie John Crockett in the rotation.

“We just had to talk,” Lacy said on Wednesday. “Once we both got our words out, I think that pretty much sealed it. But at the same time, talking only does so much. It’s about action, as well. So, just proving that I could back up what we discussed and I’m trustworthy.”

Lacy wouldn’t detail the incident, other than to say he was “downstairs” at the team hotel and had “lost track of time.” He called his punishment a “life lesson” that won’t happen again.

“We had a conversation internally, and they know that whenever I’m out on the field, I’m going to do exactly what I have to do,” Lacy said. “I’m not a guy that makes a lot of mistakes or bad things off the field either, so that’s something they know they don’t have to worry about.”

There’s little doubt the Packers need Lacy to become a consistent presence again. Green Bay’s offense has functioned at a high level only sporadically during the last two months, and Lacy could be part of the solution. After rushing for 90 yards and averaging 5.0 yards per carry at San Francisco in Week 4, Lacy had a total of 78 rushing yards with three fumbles in his next four games, then was inactive the following week at home vs. Detroit. He bounced back with 100 rushing yards vs. Minnesota and 107 rushing yards vs. Chicago, though against the Bears he carelessly dropped the ball upon crossing the goal line on a first-quarter touchdown and had a second-quarter fumble that turned the tide.

“Without a doubt, we’ve got a lot of confidence in Eddie,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “We need all of our guys to step up throughout the season. It’s a long year and there’s going to be ups and downs throughout the year. We just need to stay level-headed. You can inspire guys but motivation comes from within, like I’ve said many times, and Eddie has great motivation. He’s a great football player. He understands how to play the game and he’s ready to play every week.”

During the brief portion of Wednesday’s practice that was open to reporters, Lacy was with the No. 1 offense during a two-minute drill. Whether he’s with the No. 1 offense when Sunday’s game begins is unknown. Regardless, Lacy said his best is yet to come.

“I do, but that’s still yet to be determined,” he said. “But whenever I get another opportunity, I’m going to keep rolling.”

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