Eddie Lacy Cleared to Play Sunday


Having a longer layoff between Week 1 to Week 2 payed dividends, as it appears that Eddie Lacy will be active Sunday. He has passed all of the concussion protocols to be cleared, per Mike McCarthy at his Thurday press conference. While he is listed as probable as of Friday mornings injury report, all signs point towards him suiting up and starting on Sunday. This is great news for not only Lacy but the Packers, as they will have their full compliment of offensive players against the Jets defense.

Lacy indicated Thursday that he may be wearing a new helmet as well, despite the fact that the helmet he wore in Week 1 was supposed to provide additional support to help prevent concussions. Additionally, he made reference to potentially changing his running style to hopefully prevent additionally concussions or injuries going forward. As we’ve seen over his first year in the NFL, Lacy is a violent, look for contact, type of running back. However, having sustained his second concussion in only 16 career games, the potential change of running styles could prolong his career. Ultimately, keeping him on the field no matter the running style, is vital to the Packers success as it gives Aaron Rodgers protection as defenses have to game plan to stop Rodgers and Lacy.

In additionally injury news from Thursday, Bryan Bulaga (MCL) practiced but was limited. At this time it doesn’t appear that a decision has been made about his availability for Sunday, but seeing him practice is a positive. Even if he does play, he could be limited on snaps which means that Derek Sherrod will have his oppotunity to improve on last weeks game. Considering that the initial fear was Bulaga could be out for the season, the possibility of him playing Sunday is great news!

As of Friday morning, Brad Jones has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury. This opens the door for either Jamari Lattimore or Sam Barrington, to take the middle linebacker spot and run with it.  Jones played arguably his worst game as a professional against the Seahawks and has been the object of constant criticism due to his poor play. It appears that the middle linebacker issue could work itself out now that he can’t play. If neither Lattimore or Barrington step up, the team will have to look at other options for the middle linebacker position along side of A.J. Hawk.

Finally, tight end Brandon Bostick was back at practice but on a limited basis. That being said, Friday’s injury report listed him as probable so the odds of him playing are improving. While it seems that there is a possibility he could play Sunday, it may not be known until just prior to game time. If he can play, that gives Aaron Rodgers one more weapon to have at his disposal, but getting Bostick completely healthy is the most important thing. Keep an eye for the in-actives on Sunday to see the status of Bulaga and Bostick.

 

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