Terrible news for the Green Bay Packers came on Tuesday afternoon. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, workhorse running back Eddie Lacy could miss the next several weeks with an ankle injury. He notes that Lacy’s issue is “more than a sprained ankle.”
The news broke just moments after head coach Mike McCarthy said that the running back would not practice on Tuesday due to ankle soreness. It was expected that he would miss Green Bay’s Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears, but it now appears like he’ll miss much more time than just that game.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Lacy is seeking a second opinion on the injured foot from Dr. Bob Anderson in North Carolina and “anything else is speculation,” according to a source.
Ultimately if the reports are true, Lacy may be a candidate for the injured reserve list. With the new rules this year, the Packers can bring one player back from IR each year. So Lacy could be a candidate for that option, as Packers beat writer Ryan Wood noted:
“Hearing IR is a possibility for #Packers RB Eddie Lacy. Could be one way to open roster spot for Don Jackson. Lacy could return later in fall.”
Although the running back could return once on the IR, he would still have to miss the next eight weeks before he would be eligible to return to the lineup. The Packers may already be preparing for it though, as they traded for Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis earlier on Tuesday.