The Green Bay Packers had a rough go in their opener in Seattle last Thursday, as they were throttled by the defending Super Bowl champs 36-16. They also lost their primary running back, Eddie Lacy, to a concussion late in that game.
As of Wednesday, just a few days before the Pack return to Lambeau for their home opener against the New York Jets, Lacy’s status is still up-in-the-air. Lacy sat out of practice on Wednesday as he continues to nurse his concussion. In order to be declared fit for game action, Lacy has to pass the concussion tests and be cleared by an independent doctor. Apparently, he’s not there yet.
If Lacy is sidelined, then James Starks will likely step-in and assume the role as the Packers’ No. 1 RB for Week 2. The Jets’ defense is strong, but not nearly as strong as the Seahawks’ unit the Packers just faced. Starks makes for a decent low-end RB2 or Flex play if he does draw the start. DuJuan Harris is the Packers’ third back, and he would figure to draw a handful of carries, though not enough to be seriously considered for a fantasy start.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported Thursday that Lacy was in full pads and participated in practice, which is a good sign for Sunday. If he’s a go, then I wouldn’t have any reservations about sliding him back into your lineups and trusting him as a RB1 type against New York.
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