The Green Bay Packers had an auspicious debut to the 2014 season, losing the regular season’s opening game to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 36-16 last Thursday (September 4, 2014).
The Packers also lost a player who is supposed to be an integral part of their success this year, as second year running back Eddie Lacy left the game early in the fourth quarter after colliding with Seattle safety Kam Chancellor.
Lacy was forced out with a concussion after rushing for only 34 yards. The injury was his second concussion in two years. However, the back was optimistic that he would play in Week 2 after getting the first step if the NFL’s concussion protocol passed the very next day (Fri., September 5, 2014).
Today more encouraging words about Lacy’s health were revealed by Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who said that he has nearly passed all steps. His words, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein:
McCarthy: Lacy is near end of concussion protocol. Has had some good workouts. #Packers
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 10, 2014
The diagnosis should be music to Green Bay fans’ ears, who now have a good shot at getting their bellcow back for a Week 2 showdown with the tough New York Jets’ defensive front.
However, Lacy didn’t practice today, so the team is obviously making sure he’s fully ready to go before they pencil him into Sunday’s lineup. Stay tuned to TSM Plug for more NFL injury updates as they arise.