Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been dealing with an ankle injury for the vast majority of the 2016 season.
The Packers placed the 26-year-old on injured reserve in week seven, where he has remained since, but there was a chance he could return to the team eight weeks afterwards if his injury healed.
However, his playing status has been confirmed by Green Bay's head coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday, he is out for the rest of the season.
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According to a tweet by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport: "#Packers coach Mike McCarthy says at his press conference that RB Eddie Lacy and CB Sam Shields won’t return this season off Injured Reserve."
Instead of activating Lacy or Shields off IR, the Packers have decided to instead bring back cornerback Makinton Dorleant, ending the running back's chances of returning this season.
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There is a chance that Lacy may have played his last down in Green Bay as well, as his rookie contract with the team expires this season, meaning he will become a free agent in March. Although he did have a promising start to his career, he hasn't impressed over the past two seasons due to injuries or weight problems, meaning the Packers might decide to part ways with him.
Although he did have a promising start to his career, he hasn't impressed over the past two seasons due to poor performances which have been linked to injuries or weight problems, meaning the Packers might decide to part ways with him.
So long as the 2013 Pro Bowler is fully healthy and the desired weight, he should have plenty of teams giving him a call. He should be 100 percent heading into OTAs next season.
Since being drafted by the Packers in 2013, he has run for 3,435 yards on 788 carries, scoring 23 touchdowns. He also had 101 catches for 900 yards and six touchdowns.