Packers running back Eddie Lacy doesn't expect his ankle injury to linger like it did during his rookie season.
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As a rookie, Eddie Lacy couldn’t seem to shake off his sprained ankle.
The Packers running back doesn’t expect his most recent ankle injury to stick around.
“It’s not going to be a lingering thing,” Lacy said, via Ryan Wood of theGreen Bay Press Gazette. “It’s going away. My rookie year, it really didn’t go away.”
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Back in 2013, Lacy suffered a sprained ankle during Green Bay’s Week 14 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He struggled with the injury the rest of the season, often missing practice while rehabbing the issue.
Lacy hurt his ankle again in the first half of Week 2. He missed the rest of the Packers’ win over the Seahawks, but was able to return for Green Bay’s Monday night matchup with the Chiefs. Lacy carried 10 times for 46 yards and caught three passes for 41 yards.
“Clearly I wasn’t my old self,” Lacy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “But I was able to go out and make a few plays.”
The Packers are working on a short week, but Lacy expects to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. He’ll likely split carries with backup James Starks, who has 42 touches — including 37 carries — over the last two games.
Unlike 2013, when the Packers needed to ride an injured Lacy without Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, Green Bay has the time and players to ease him back. The rest and recovery should help Lacy get over his ankle injury much sooner than his rookie year.