When Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy named James Starks the team’s starting running back, Eddie Lacy did not fight the decision. He did not complain about his new role as a backup, nor did he promise to return with a vengeance and reclaim his old role.
While Lacy could have fought for himself a bit more, at least he accepted his demotion with grace. The rumbling running back, listed at 234 pounds on the Packers’ official website, suffered an ankle injury earlier in the year and a groin injury last week. He did not blame either of those ailments for his lack of production this season.
Moving forward, Lacy can still provide a valuable change of pace when Starks comes to the sideline. The Packers would never pull a player of his caliber from the lineup completely, so we’ll likely still see him in some capacity for the rest of the season.
Lacy has his first opportunity to make an impact in his new role on Sunday, when the Packers host the Detroit Lions.