Lacy, Adams improving after ankle injuries
Both players have an extra day to get healthy
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams’ ankles were feeling better on Monday, and the Green Bay Packers’ two young offensive weapons will have until Thursday to continue healing.
With their next game set for next Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field, the Packers won’t practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, meaning both their starting running back and their No. 2 wide receiver will have an extra day to rest before practices resume.
And even if they aren’t able to go on Thursday, that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to play against the Chiefs.
“I think anytime you ankle injuries, particularly with the perimeter players, until they get out there and hit the practice field whether it’s in the pre-practice, we really won’t know,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday evening, following his team’s 27-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks – the game in which both Lacy and Adams were injured.
Although Adams was able to return to the game in the second half, McCarthy said he was at a “similar” point as Lacy, who left in the first quarter and didn’t return. Lacy was fortunate to escape more serious injury, as he reportedly only suffered a low-ankle sprain and x-rays were negative.
“Eddie Lacy wants to play football, I don’t think there’s any question about that,” McCarthy said. “If Eddie can go, he’ll go. It’s a medical decision. There’s a process that goes on with every player who goes through this. It will be no different with Eddie.”
As a rookie in 2013, Lacy injured the same ankle late in the year and didn’t miss any games, although he would spend the week wearing an orthopedic boot and sitting out practices before playing on Sunday.
“Obviously he fought through that injury the whole last six weeks of the season. I think it speaks volumes of him,” said McCarthy, who also praised the team’s medical staff. “Obviously all the credit goes to Eddie and his mental preparation and the coaches getting him ready. The injury definitely happened late enough where we were far enough down the line.”
Meanwhile, a third player who suffered an ankle injury Sunday night, defensive end Josh Boyd, was not as fortunate. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve after fracturing his ankle. Linebacker Joe Thomas, who was on Dallas’ practice squad after being cut by the Packers at the end of camp, was re-signed to take Boyd’s roster place.