Packers RB Eddie Lacy Needs Ankle Surgery; to Go On IR

Eddie Lacy

Packers running back Eddie Lacy needs ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN on Thursday.

Lacy was one of seven players ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The Packers are unsure if Lacy will miss the remainder of the season, the source said.

He was the only active halfback for the Packers in their 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He was playing with a sprained left ankle and was held to just 65 yards on 17 carries.

With Lacy and backup James Starks, who had knee surgery earlier this week, unavailable for Thursday’s game, the Packers traded a conditional late-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for running back Knile Davis on Tuesday.

Can the Packers Finally Get Back on Track Tonight Against the Bears?

Eddie Lacy

The Packers and Bears will do battle yet again tonight in Lambeau Field, and tonight is a key game and possibly a game that could define the season for Green Bay, who have had so many issues on offense it’s hard to know the future for this franchise.

2016 was supposed to be a season in which Green Bay was supposed to be unstoppable. With a returning Jordy Nelson on offense, and a defense that was supposed to be better, the Pack was supposed to be a challenger in the NFC for the conference title.

Instead, they are looking up at the Minnesota Vikings after six weeks of play, and after a rather awful home loss to the Dallas Cowboys this last Sunday, there’s a lot more questions than answers about this team.

A lot of the blame seems to be starting with two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers, who has been average at best thus far in 2016. Since the team was 6-0 last season, Rodgers has done little to resemble the player that took the Packers through the NFC to win the Super Bowl six seasons ago.

In his last 15 games, Rodgers is 24th among 30 qualifying QBs in passing YPG (233.3), 25th in passer rating (84.0) and last in completion percentage (58.1).

It’s been forever since he’s had a 300-yard game (14 straight), and right now he’s being outplayed by fellow NFC North QB’s like Brian Hoyer, Sam Bradford and even Matthew Stafford.

Can Rodgers get on track against the Bears? They are a pass defense that has little to offer, and this game may fall right into the hands of the quarterback finally getting back on track.

One of the other issues is the run game for Green Bay, as Eddie Lacy will need ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve and James Starks is slated to miss several weeks with ankle and knee injuries.

The team made a deal for Kansas City running back Knile Davis, but it’s hard to think he’ll have much of an impact on the Packers offense this quickly.

The Bears have allowed 72.7 rush YPG in the last three games, and it’s not likely the Pack will do any better than that tonight in the prime time showdown.

According to the Pack are still a touchdown favorite to win, but it’s hard to think they will be able to outscore the Bears, who have been playing competitive ball most of the season.

So can the Pack finally get on track at home tonight? It’s all going to fall on Rodgers, who hasn’t been the same as of late, but has a chance to right the teams wrongs as he tries to get the team to 4-2 tonight in what is going to be another tough NFC North matchup.

Bears at Packers NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. John Fox: 3-5 Mike McCarthy: 13-7
LAST WEEK L 17-16 vs. Jacksonville L 30-16 vs. Dallas
LAST GAME 11/26/15: Bears 17 at Packers 13. Chicago QB Jay Cutler passes for 200 yards & TD. Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has 7 receptions for 90 yards & RB Jeremy Langford rushes for TD.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Chi), 81 (GB). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Chi), 225 (GB)


PASSING Brian Hoyer: 130-189-1396-6-0-100.8 Aaron Rodgers: 109-181-1170-10-4-88.4
RUSHING Jordan Howard (R): 66-330-5.0-1 Eddie Lacy: 71-360-5.1-0
RECEIVING Zach Miller (TE): 31-265-8.5-3 Randall Cobb: 28-293-10.5-1
OFFENSE 375.2 331.8
DEFENSE 341.2 339.0
SACKS Willie Young: 6 Nick Perry: 4.5
INTs Tracy Porter: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Pat O’Donnell: 42.8 Jacob Schum: 40.8
KICKING Connor Barth: 35 (11/11 PAT; 8/11 FG) Mason Crosby: 42 (12/12 PAT; 10/10 FG)


BEARS: QB BRIAN HOYER has 300+ pass yards in all 4 starts with Chi…Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD had 1st career rush TD last week. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 7 receptions for 90 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 3 of past 5 vs. NFC North. WR CAMERON MEREDITH had 11 receptions for 113 yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. TE ZACH MILLER had TD catch in last meeting…DE AKIEM HICKS has sack in 2 of past 3. LB JERRELL FREEMAN has 7+ tackles in 9 of past 11. Leads team with 53 tackles. LB WILLIE YOUNG had 2 sacks & FF in Week 6. Had sack in last meeting. CB HAROLD JONES-QUARTEY aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB TRACY PORTER had INT in last meeting. Had INT in Week 6. S ADRIAN AMOS had 9 tackles in last meeting. S CHRIS PROSINSKI had 6 tackles & FF in last meeting…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS is 12-4 as starter vs. Chi. Has 14 pass TDs with 1 INT for 127.0 rating in past 4 meetings…RB EDDIE LACY rushed for 105 yards & had TD catch in last meeting. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 career games vs. Chi…WR DAVANTE ADAMS has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch last week. Has 6 TDs in past 5 vs. Chi. WR TY MONTGOMERY had career-high 10 receptions & 98 rec. yards in Week 6. WR JORDY NELSON is averaging 140.3 yards per game in past 3 vs. Chi. & has 4 TDs. Has 12 rec. TDs in past 11 at home. TE RICHARD RODGERS has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC North…LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 6+ tackles in 6 of past 7 vs. Chi. LB JULIUS PEPPERS had sack & FF last week. Has 2.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Chi. LB NICK PERRY has 4.5 sacks in past 5. CB QUINTEN ROLLINS had sack in last meeting. S MORGAN BURNETT led team with 10 tackles & INT in Week 6. Had FF in last meeting.

Packers Place CB Sam Shields on IR; To Miss Until Week 15

Sam Shields

The Packers have decided that they are putting cornerback Sam Shields on injured reserve, as he hasn’t played in a game since suffering a concussion in the season opener against Jacksonville.

Shields’ symptoms have not subsided as the team originally anticipated, which is the reason for the move, one that hopefully will see him return late in the season.

“The plan for Sam is to get him healthy, No. 1,” coach Mike McCarthy said at his news conference Tuesday morning, prior to the injured reserve announcement.

“It’s going to be longer than we might have expected. Just going off the last conversation I’ve had with Sam, it’s just important to go one day at a time and make sure we get him healthy.”

The cornerback stated on Instagram that he will be out eight weeks, but is eligible to play again under the “designated to return” option each NFL team has.

The rules allow a team to bring one player back from injured reserve during the season provided he has sat out a minimum of eight weeks.

His time on injured reserve is not retroactive, so the soonest Shields would be eligible to play would be Week 15, but in the meantime, the Packers will continue to likely play Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins at the two corner positions. have the Packers as favorites this week as they take on the Bears, a team that isn’t playing all that well, but it would be nice to see the defense help out the Pack’s struggling offense Thursday.

Concussions are nothing new to Shields, as he’s suffered five in his career and doctors want to ensure the 28-year-old is fully recovered from the latest head injury before he steps on the field.

Shield’s Instagram stated the following about his progress and return to the team: “I’m making great progress and hope to come back in 8 weeks and play this season,” Shields wrote on social media. “I will make a full recovery within that time frame #gopackgo”

“I think any time you’re dealing with concussions like in his situation,” defensive back Micah Hyde said, “one concussion, two concussions, 10 concussions, the knowledge we know about concussions now, it’s a serious situation and as many as he’s had we have to pray for him and hope everything is good.

“Him being my locker mate, I talk to him every day. Just fun to be around, great person on and off the field. It’s unfortunate but I know Sam, he’ll fight back. He’s a competitor. I wish him the best. He comes in all the time and still talks with us. It was good to have him around.”

Running Back Hurting Packers Make Deal with Chiefs for RB Knile Davis

Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Packers have had issues keeping their running backs on the field, and reports today are the team made a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs from the AFC West.

The team has dealt for Chiefs running back Knile Davis, a player who this season has minus-2 rushing yards on one attempt, and has caught two passes for 14 yards.

The Packers lost running back James Starks to knee surgery on Monday, and as of now he’s expected to miss about four weeks before he’ll be ready to get back on the field.

Eddie Lacy is the only healthy running back on the roster for the Packers, and they had to make a move knowing that he’s one hit away from being back on the sideline.

Lacy did have issues in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with his ankle, and ran for 65 yards on 17 attempts with a long rush of 25 yards.

The team is hoping that Davis, who likely split reps with practice-squad running back Don Jackson, can have some type of positive impact on an offense that has been stuck in the mud for just about the entire season.

According to, the Packers are still nine-point favorites to beat the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, but a lot of that seems to be more due to the Bears incompetence than what the Packers have shown this season.

Right now the Packers are ranked 16th in the NFL with 528 rushing yards, but part of their lower rank also has to do with falling behind in games, which is when Aaron Rodgers has to try to get them back in the game passing, like this last Sunday against the Cowboys at home.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t all that sure who Davis was when he heard the news about the trade, but in the end knows that Davis is hopefully a player that can assist on a roster void of running back depth.

“It’s obviously a big challenge when you’re on a short week, but he’s definitely a talented young player,” McCarthy added. “Obviously had a chance to compete against him and see him play live in the preseason game, and he had a lot of production that night. So just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going.”

Packers RB James Starks Has Surgery on Injured Knee

New York Giants v Green Bay Packers

Packers running back James Starks underwent surgery Sunday for a minor clean up on his injured knee, making it a long shot that he’ll be able to play Thursday night, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

“I would say Pat — Dr. McKenzie — felt very good about the surgery,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Personally, I haven’t talked to James yet, so I can’t really give you a timeline. But they feel it’s something quick, so it’ll definitely be on the front end of whatever the prognosis is.”

Packers Can’t Shut Down Cowboys; Fall at Home 30-16 to Drop to 3-2

Dallas Cowboys v Green Bay Packers

Rookie Dak Prescott is stating an impressive case to remain the starting quarterback of the Cowboys.

He’s off to quite the start in his NFL career after taking over following veteran Tony Romo’s preseason back injury.

Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys forced four turnovers in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers and their dysfunctional offense Sunday.

Prescott was 18 of 27 and shook off two fumbles and an interception to lead the Cowboys (5-1) to their fifth straight win.

“You just couldn’t ask for more inspiration from a player because everybody on this team knows what a difficult position that is to play,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

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McCarthy Tired of Talking About Those Not Happy With the Packers Offense

New York Giants v Green Bay Packers

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is fed up with those fretting over the team’s offense, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

“You know, we had 400 yards of offense, so I don’t know why the hell I’ve got to come in here and answer questions about the things you think that went wrong,” McCarthy said in his Wednesday news conference after being asked back-to-back questions about offensive issues.

Maybe the fact the Packers managed only 23 points against a Giants defense that was playing much of the game with an undrafted rookie at one starting cornerback position and a practice squad player at one starting safety position has something to do with it.

Or the fact that quarterback Aaron Rodgers posted a 65.0 passer rating, receiver Jordy Nelson dropped a couple of passes, tight end Richard Rodgers was a non-factor, the screen game was absent and there were only three passing plays of 20 or more yards.

Or the fact, the Packers rank 25th in total offense, 31st in completion percentage and 19th in passer rating after one quarter of the season.

McCarthy acknowledged that the passing game isn’t up to par, but he said a change in approach against the Giants to less no-huddle offense and more rotation with the receivers and tight ends may have affected continuity.

He wouldn’t say that he planned to continue the approach of getting receivers Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis and Ty Montgomery more playing time would continue. But he has it in his pocket after going the first three games with Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams receiving the vast majority of receiver snaps.

“At the end of the day, we’re trying to play more players in the perimeter group,” McCarthy said. “Last week was our first real attempt at that, so we’ll see how this week shakes out with game-planning.

“But we need to spend a little more time on the passing game then we’ve had in the past and we’re doing that particularly in our meeting structure.”

McCarthy insists no one with the Packers is satisfied with what has occurred so far. He doesn’t think they need the outside world to point out where they could be better.

“It’s a group of men that really operate with a lot of accountability,” McCarthy said. “They do it publicly and I know they definitely do it privately. So this is a process. This is a long year. we’ve done some good things throughout our football team, but we’re well aware of not only why we’re doing things but how we’re doing things and what we need to do to get better.”