McCarthy: Lacy ‘bigger than he was as a rookie’
Coach says it's not unusual for a veteran to gain weight
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mike McCarthy didn’t call Eddie Lacy fat. But the Green Bay Packers head coach didn’t exactly dispel the notion that his third-year running back’s weight is an issue.
Making sure that he also said that it’s not unusual for a veteran player to gain weight as his career goes on, McCarthy said Wednesday that Lacy has gained weight as compared to where he was as a rookie two years ago.
“I’m not going to get into guys’ weights,” McCarthy said as the Packers prepped for Sunday night’s game at Denver. “But I think players do get bigger in their career. [And] he’s bigger than he was as a rookie.”
Lacy is listed on the Packers’ official roster as 5-foot-11 and 234 pounds. He has played through an early-season ankle injury that McCarthy referred to as making him “beat up” entering the bye week, but Lacy was not listed on the injury report before the team’s Oct. 18 game against San Diego – a game in which he carried only four times while No. 2 back James Starks had 10 carries for 112 yards – and he wasn’t on the injury report Wednesday, either.
On Oct. 19, McCarthy was asked about Lacy’s conditioning and whether that might be an issue, and McCarthy said it was not.
Asked if Lacy’s weight might have slowed his recovery from the ankle injury, McCarthy replied Wednesday, “Well, he looks good, just watching him work out and watching his work Monday. Particularly in the individual stuff, that’s where you try to really stress each position, so I don’t think the injury is affecting him anymore.”
Lacy did not speak with reporters during the media access period Wednesday, politely declining and saying he would speak after Thursday’s practice instead.