The probability of Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy suiting up Thursday night against the Chicago Bears appears to be rather unlikely.
Lacy did not participate in Tuesday’s practice as he continues to battle a nagging ankle injury. Lacy played through the injury the past two weeks, but a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder they “can’t see him playing” Thursday night against Chicago.
Lacy ran for 65 yards on 17 carries during Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Lacy was “very sore” during Tuesday’s press conference. With a short week, Lacy’s hopes of playing look bleak.
The Packers are extremely thin at running back after James Starks underwent surgery Sunday morning to clean up his knee and should miss at least a couple of weeks. The Packers supplemented their backfield Tuesday morning, when they acquired Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Davis could go from the fourth-string back in Kansas City to Green Bay’s starter in a matter of days. The fourth-year tailback has two starts under his belt, but has only one carry this season as he plummeted down the depth chart.
The Packers also could bring up rookie Don Jackson from the practice squad, but the Packers chose not to do that last week without Starks. Lacy was the only running back on the active roster last week, but the Packers inserted receivers Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery into the backfield on a couple of occasions. That decision actually backfired, however, as Montgomery coughed up a handoff late in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay will try to get its offense out of its funk against a Bears defense that has allowed 107.7 rushing yards per game this season.