The Dallas Cowboys don’t yet know if they’ll see Eddie Lacy in the Green Bay Packers backfield on Sunday, but his usual backup won’t be an option. The Packers have ruled James Starks out for the game due to a knee injury.
Lacy is questionable due to the ankle he injured in last week’s victory over the New York Giants. He has been the Packers’ feature back this season with 295 yards on 54 carries. Starks has struggled immensely in relief, taking 24 carries for only 82 yards and a 1.8 yards-per-carry average.
What the Packers will do if Lacy can’t go is currently a mystery. They might need to make a move even if he is available, as the depth without Starks is particularly bleak. No other running back has even had a carry for them this season.
The only other running back currently on the 53-man roster is John Crockett, an undrafted rookie out of North Dakota State. He received just 5 carries in the preseason.
The Packers have instead tried other ways of gaining occasional rushing yardage outside of Lacy this season. Aaron Rodgers actually ranks second on the team with 82 rushing yards. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski and wide receivers Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery have received 9 carries between them.
The Cowboys are better against the run than they are the pass, ranking 17th in run defense DVOA, or defense-adjusted value over average. They are 25th in such efficiency rankings against the pass, according to Football Outsiders.