GREEN BAY, Wis. — If there’s a consolation prize for the Green Bay Packers not having Aaron Rodgers this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, it’s that Eddie Lacy will be available.
Though Lacy did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and was limited Friday due to a right ankle injury, the Packers listed their rookie running back as probable.
“Eddie Lacy will be ready to play Sunday,” coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. “Eddie looked good. He took the allotted reps that we had set for him.”
Lacy injured his ankle on the final play of the first half in the win over Atlanta. He missed a couple drives in the second half and said after the game that he felt limited in what he could do.
“Mentally I can tell because I know it’s hurt or whatever, but overall it’s not bad,” Lacy said Friday.
Lacy has had at least 20 carries in eight of the last 10 games, but it’s possible that he won’t see quite that much work in Dallas.
“If I’m in, it don’t matter how many carries I get,” Lacy said.
However, Lacy’s injury could give backup James Starks more opportunities to run the ball.
“I have no problem giving the ball to James 20 times if that’s the way it shakes out,” McCarthy said. “I like our running back situation right now.”
Cobb remains out: This was the game that Randall Cobb would have been allowed to come back for. Two months after reportedly fracturing his tibia and being placed on injured reserve with the designation to return, Cobb’s first chance to play again was this Week 15 matchup with the Cowboys. But it’s not happening.
Cobb has yet to practice, so it’s certainly possible that he doesn’t play at all the rest of this season.
“Randall is doing more,” McCarthy said this week. “He’s doing more in his rehab. He’s progressing, looks good. He’s starting to bounce around. He definitely took a step.”
McCarthy added that Cobb is “still in the rehab” and “has not been medically cleared.”
If Cobb does not recover in the coming weeks, it will be the second consecutive year in which the Packers used their designation to return on a player who didn’t make it back. Last season, Green Bay designated running back Cedric Benson, who wasn’t able to heal from his Lisfranc injury in time to play again in 2012.
Better health than expected: OK, so there’s no Rodgers or Cobb, but the Packers’ injury report is relatively clean. The only player other than Rodgers to officially be ruled out this weekend is defensive lineman C.J. Wilson (ankle).
The other six players on the injury report are all probable: outside linebackers Nick Perry (foot) and Mike Neal (abdomen), inside linebackers Brad Jones (ankle) and Jamari Lattimore (knee), starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle), as well as Lacy.
“I have a couple tough decisions here with the 46,” McCarthy said.
Because only two of the 53 active players are out, McCarthy will have to choose five healthy players to put on the inactive list for the game in order to get his gameday roster down to 46.