Steelers Passed on Eddie Lacy Because of Toe Surgery

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Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy

Or should we say the Pittsburgh Steelers would not touch Eddie Lacy because he had toe surgery? That was the word out of Pittsburgh on Sunday about the Green Bay Packers second-round pick.

The Steelers obviously wanted a running back and they ended up choosing Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, while Lacy eventually became the fourth back selected. Why not Lacy in Pittsburgh?

One reason the Steelers passed on Eddie Lacy is a toe injury the Alabama halfback has had. One team source said the Steelers would not touch Lacy because his big toe had been fused.

What in holy hell does that mean?

Well, toe fusion surgery is something people with arthritis usually have. It means the cartilage in the joint is worn out and the joint has become stiff and inflexible. The surgery is also considered a last resort.

After surgery, the joint remains inflexible, but the pain is gone.

Red flag? Red flag.

I guess if Lacy can run without pain, who cares how flexible his big toe joint is.

Certainly, the Packers ultraconservative medical staff must have looked into this before they drafted Lacy. Right?

These are the guys who shooed free agent Chris Canty away because of some phantom injury earlier this offseason. Then he went to Baltimore and their medical staff thought he was just fine.

Of course, this is also the medical staff that misdiagnosed Greg Jennings‘ injury last season and missed Nick Perry‘s thumb injury. You know, the one that ended his season.

That Johnathan Franklin pick is starting to look like insurance.

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21 Comments on "Steelers Passed on Eddie Lacy Because of Toe Surgery"

  1. Shawn Iltarion

    Lacy had the surgery before the 2012 season. How did his toe look to you? Let’s ask Manti Teo.

    But yes, Franklin is basically a handcuff.

  2. Packer Bob

    I’m pretty sure that’s why the Bengals, Steelers, and the Broncos passed on Lacy. Injuries aside, it was a great pick from a value standpoint. If he stays healthy and performs then the Packers get the steal of the draft. He could easily be a 1000 yard rusher. He if gets injured again then the Packers have no one to blame but themselves. I also find it strange that they would pass on Chris Canty, a player we really could have used, and then draft a RB with some serious injury baggage.

    I guess the question is was there anybody else worth taking at that pick. They could have taken Ball with their original pick. Did they really trade down to get Lacy?

    I’m very, very, very cautiously optimistic.

  3. Kristofer

    From what i understand in trading draft picks during the draft is that when a team is trying to move up like the broncos did to get Ball, the team moving up tells the team moving down what player they are aiming for at that position. So when the packers traded back they knew Ball would be the selection and they could get Lacy 3 picks later because the Patriots and Falcons were probably not looking at drafting a RB at that position. So I do believe the Packers had every intention on drafting Lacy when they made that trade with the broncos.

    • Abe Frohman

      Not sure I agree with this. You either will trade down, or you won’t. Who the team looking to trade up to get is irrelevant. The deal stands on its own merits.

      With all the gamesmanship that goes on before the draft, why would you lay your cards on the table during it?

      • Phatgzus

        1. They do this because they have friends and contacts with other “teams” (companies).

        2.It’s an unwritten rule of draftsmanship.

        3.Only the teams involved in the trade are privy to this information (unless they decide , for whatever reason to bestow it unto others).

        4.It fosters alliances that will likely be much more beneficial than detrimental .

        You catch mor flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

  4. Oh no! Wait packers got two other picks while acquiring this draft… Oh wait packers did draft another up and coming running back. But first and for most, what was our rushing like durring the Super Bowl win over these brilliant steelers? My point being the risk of Eddie lacy could prove to be much more of a benefit, than a draw back.

    • Phatgzus

      Starks’ manifestation as a capable runner, coupled with Rodgers’ arm, and a top 5 D are why they won SB XLV.

      Running game hasn’t been as good since…

  5. FrozenFanatic84

    The Bengals, Broncos, and Steelers loss is the Packers gain! Lacy had a monster year after the supposid surgery anyway. The Packers front office did their research. Go Pack!

  6. the real russ letlow

    agreed our medical staff is very conservative on injuries. if they thought this dude couldn’t handle it, they would have nixed him a long time ago. plus, it ain’t like he is going to get 25 to 30 carries a game. more like 15- 20, with a dirty dozen between Frankin and whoever else doesn’t get cut.

    • Phatgzus

      I bet it kinda looks like Uncle Sam’s finger, always pointing at you wherever you move: Uncle Eddy wants you, to get him a sock.

  7. GrnMAchineCrushesQueens

    More trivial, incomplete & misleading reporting by The Half Monty. He conveniently forgot to mention that the surgery happened in 2011 and then he went on to tear shit up while only missing one game in 2 years. Oh yea, he averaged more ypc BETWEEN THE TACKLES than both Ingram and Richardson… In Ted We Trust. Learn it; Love it; Live it.

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