Mike McCarthy hopeful Packers RB Eddie Lacy can play Sunday


Despite not practicing all week, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy still has a chance to be medically cleared for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

Lacy is listed as questionable on the injury report after he sustained a concussion on his first carry against Washington last Sunday.

“We still have time,” coach Mike McCarthy said to the team’s website. “The doctors are evaluating, going through the protocol. I know Eddie wants to play, so we’ll see what happens.”

McCarthy announced earlier this week that James Starks would start at running back against the Bengals.

The Packers coach said Lacy has been apart of the team’s game-plan heading into Sunday’s matchup.

“It’s not ideal for a rookie to go through the week without any preparation and then play in the game, no question about it,” McCarthy said. “I’m not excited about it. But we want 46 players we feel give us the best chance to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Without Lacy and fullback John Kuhn, who is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, the Packers are left with just two running backs in Starks and rookie Johnathan Franklin.

Three players have been ruled out for the Packers, all with hamstring injuries.

Safety Morgan Burnett and cornerback Casey Hayward will miss their third straight games, while cornerback and special teams ace Jarrett Bush will miss his second straight.

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