The Green Bay Packers' off-field concerns with Eddie Lacy appear to have cost one of his friends a job today.
As reported by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Packers opted against re-signing running back Alfonzo Smith to their practice squad this week in order to minimize any "outside influences" on Lacy.
Smith was cut from the Packers' roster earlier this week after he and Lacy had broken a team curfew the night before the week 13 contest against the Detroit Lions.
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"They thought about bringing Harris back on the practice squad, but they are not going to because he is one of Lacy's running mates," said Rapoport on the NFL Gameday show.
"They are close friends and they don't want any bad influences close to Lacy."
With Lacy having been disciplined by the team in the form of a reduced role vs Detroit - he was benched for the entire second half - it was already clear that the Packers were taking the issue seriously.
However, this latest report shows that the team has wider concerns about the way the 2013 Pro Bowler had been conducting himself away from the gridiron.
Despite his 2015 struggles, Lacy can still be a game changer for the Packers. Clearly, with the season approaching its climax, the franchise is doing all it can to help their supposed starting RB be the best that he can be.
Unfortunately for Alfonzo Smith, that means keeping him away from the team and his friend.
Packers fans: Should Eddie Lacy be your starting RB, and why has he struggled so much in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...