Eddie Lacy’s foot/ankle injury has gone from playable to somewhat serious to completely dire in a span of several days.
The Packers running back will require foot surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
This is a stunning development after it appeared Lacy would only need a few weeks to recover just days ago. Lacy played through the injury during Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys and has played through the injury the past two weeks. Lacy rushed for 146 yards combined in those two games despite being hobbled.
The Packers have now lost their top two running backs to injuries in the past week. James Starks underwent surgery to clean up his knee and should be back in a few weeks.
Each team can return one player from IR after at least eight weeks and do not have to predetermine who that player will be.
As a contingency play, the Packers acquired running back Knile Davis from the Chiefs in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Davis was listed as the No. 4 runner on Kansas City’s depth chart, but has some starting experience. In 2014, Davis rushed for 463 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Packers also are expected to promote rookie Don Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster and will likely put wide receiver Ty Montgomery in the backfield on occasion.
This is terrible news for a Green Bay offense that has been in a serious funk the past two weeks. The Packers will begin life without their top two running backs Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.