The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will be without significant members of their respective teams on Thursday night when the two meet. Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy and Bears’ wide receiver Eddie Royal have both been declared out for the game, according to the official injury report.
Although both injuries are significant, the major news here is the downgraded status of Lacy.
The Green Bay running back suffered the ankle injury a few weeks back, but struggled through the Packers latest game against the Dallas Cowboys. With James Starks also battling an injury, Lacy pushed through 17 carries and put up 65 yards in the losing effort this past Sunday.
Unfortunately after the game it was discovered that his ankle issue is worse than first expected and he was forced to miss practice on Tuesday. Shortly afterward reports surfaced saying that Lacy would miss the next several weeks with the ailment, but sources close to the situation claimed that the running back was seeking a second opinion and “anything else is speculation” yesterday.
Lacy was expected to work with the rehab group at practice on Wednesday to see if he could make enough progress to play on Thursday. Before the session though, head coach Mike McCarthy foreshadowed Lacy’s eventual downgrade.
“He’s going to have to have a wonderful, great 24 hours to play in the game,” he said about Lacy. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but he will be working in the large rehab group today.”
As for Royal, he suffered a toe injury this past week against the Jacksonville Jaguars after previously missing practice the last two weeks with a calf issue. He did not participate in practice this week and, with the short week; he’ll now be forced to miss the game.