The Green Bay Packers don’t know who is going to take handoffs for them Sunday.
The Packers listed running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Lacy tweaked his ankle last weekend against the New York Giants after rushing for a season-high 7.4 yards per carry. Starks sustained a knee injury and hasn’t been spotted on the practice field all week. Lacy has practiced in a limited capacity.
Green Bay doesn’t have another tailback currently signed on the 53-man roster. If Lacy and Starks are both unable to play, the Packers could call undrafted free agent Don Jackson into starting duties. Jackson rushed for 1,079 yards and 8 touchdowns during his final season at Nevada.
The Packers might not run the ball too often even if Lacy or Starks are healthy. Dallas ranks 11th in the NFL in rush defense with an average of 95 rushing yards allowed per game. On the flipside, the Cowboys’ secondary has been far more generous, allowing an average of 261 passing yards per game.
Expect a heavy dose of Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson if Green Bay’s leading tailbacks can’t suit up Sunday at Lambeau Field. Of course, the Packers probably prefer it that way, regardless.