The news that running back Eddie Lacy would have ankle surgery and had been put on injured reserve should not have come as a shock. The Green Bay Packers went down the same road with receiver Ty Montgomery a year ago .
Montgomery suffered a high ankle sprain last year against the Chargers on October 18. After he continued to practice but failed to improve week after week, he finally visited a specialist in Charlotte in December. His agent then announced that the ankle sprain had healed but it caused cartilage damage that needed to be surgically repaired. The team placed him on injured reserve on December 21, he had surgery a week later and so ended his rookie year. That surgery was later described as consisting of “tight ropes inserted into his ligaments to hold them in place, a cartilage repair and a microfracture procedure on his talus (a bone between the heel and fibula and tibia).”
In 2013, Eddie Lacy battled a left ankle injury almost his entire rookie year with the Packers. Finally, he was held out of the week 16 game.
In 2014 and 2015, Lacy’s ankle held up, but he was knocked unconscious that year when the Redskins’ Brandon Meriweather hit him helmet-to-helmet (incurring a $42,000 fine). He had another concussion in the first game of 2015 and he pulled his groin in week 8, causing him to miss the next game.
This year, Lacy injured his left ankle in week 5 action against the Giants, causing him to miss half that game. Though he was back in the lineup the following week against the Cowboys, he was seen limping almost from the outset. He continued to play, getting 17 carries before he was mercifully taken out.
The Packers have seemed prone to rushing certain injured players back to practice or to game action in recent years.
In addition to the Montgomery example and to twice not allowing Lacy to rest a sprained ankle, the team returned Clay Matthews to action after having broken his thumb, only to have him re-fracture it again, ending his 2013 season. Examples of the Packers sending injured players into games abound.
Davante Adams, playing against the Seahawks, was carted off the field in week 2 of 2015 with an ankle injury – only to return to the field in the game’s second half. To no one’s surprise he re-aggravated the injury in the following game and was at less than full strength for several games thereafter.
Coincidentally, just hours prior to the news of Lacy needing surgery ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Lacy’s weight was back to between 255 and 265 pounds after his much-publicized offseason weight loss. We saw this happening as far back as August.
Lacy’s girth is also something that was noted earlier this week on the podcast.
Several outlets have speculated that the extra weight could have put more pressure or wear on the ankle, hastening Lacy’s demise. However, that seems foolish.
Overweight or not, Lacy was still averaging a robust 5.1 yards per carry this season.
Depending on the exact nature of Lacy’s surgery, it’s a fair bet that his season is over. As his contract is up at the end of the year, it’s also very possible – and regrettable – that fans saw him play his last down with the Packers last Sunday.
10/20/2016 at 1:20 pm
Does this sound familiar?
Remember Montgomery’s ankle injury (week 6)? The Packers kept trying to shove him back on the practice field week after week after week after….(i contend because Nelson was out for the year) but it kept hurting and swelling up i’d imagine.
Anyone guess what happened next? Finally went under the knife 7-8 weeks after initial injury.
The Packers are secretive about injury’s because they are assholes, not because of “gamesmanship” E. Wolf.
10/20/2016 at 12:56 pm
It’s a real possibility that last sunday might have been the last game you saw Lacy in green and gold. i’m calling it 50/50.
Well said, PF4L = “secretive” “assholes” is exactly right.
Do you have a internet blog obsession with me little man?
Killer has an obsession with anyone that will bother talking to him.
And you left the most egregious and recent example of this twisted organizational tendency: Davante Adams was consussed on Sunday, somehow cleared by TNF and touched the ball more than any WR! I can’t imagine how they get away with this time after time!
Did you really just say Adams was cleared by TNF? So…if a player is going to be be playing on Monday night that was in concussion protocol, who clears that player to play?…MNF?
Hey, thanks for the laugh though. Viking fan i’m assuming?
Stay in school kids.
That’s exactly right, Lacy played hurt against Dallas, from the start, He gave a hell of an effort, when he shouldn’t have been out there at all’
Lets not forget about McCarthy’s “gamesmanship” that was the Sherrod medical mishandling nightmare, that his family brought to light because they were pissed off. McCarthy couldn’t put a gag order on them not to talk about injury’s….OOPS.
But on the flip side….they’ll hold out healthy players from pre-season.
For all the kool-aid drinking TT and MM supporting sheep……We’d love to hear from you…….
The Packera seem to rest players much longer than most other teams. Whenever a player leaves the field for an injury the Packers always end his play for the day. Not so for other teams. Look at Shields. Nobody has lost more time due to concussions. Lacy is finished. His weight will balloon and his career is likely over. If he couldn’t lose weight for his contract year, he will probably be ready for nose tackle in a,couple of months.
It’s not the Packers, or any team’s decision whether to return a concussed player back on the field. Independent Neurologist’s have to clear him, or any other concussed player to return to action.
I’d say your probably right about Lacy. He has 2 things going for him to resign, i think the players and the team like him, but more importantly, i think the Packers would resign him, if they got him on the cheap. But my guess is another team offers him more money.
The O-line for the Packers is fantastic, the team strength — yes, even more so than QB. Much ado about Lacy’s 5.1 yard average. Well, it was the O-line and the threat of the pass. Lacy is a tub. What would a real running back do behind that line? As a Vikings fan I hope to Hell Lacy is re-signed by TT.
That company they hired a few years ago to help diminishing injuries can’t help with that medical staff in place.
Guess every injured player wil or should get a second opinion from now on if not yesteryear.
Anyone have Lynch or Ray rices numbers?
Eddie, while seemingly a good fellow, is a fat tub of goo and that raises a question about his commitment to football. He is not right for their offense. Will end up being a wasted pick. In addition to a stud receiver or two, the Packer’s also need a running back that can catch a ball out of the backfield ala Dorsey Levins or Roger Craig.
Another example to me that their GM is no longer effective, not the QB.
Matter of fact, a lot of scouting reports questioned his commitment, and also his maturity.
Former players, most of them Packer players, have brought up that if Lacy didn’t get in shape, he’d probably only last 4 or 5 years in the league. Quite of few of these same players have mentioned they and others have told Lacy that numerous times.
Lacy’s only hopes are hypnotism or Matthews hooking him up with his PED supplier.
Rob – another great post, thanks for the analysis. I wonder if Jordy Nelson has been rushed back too soon too. He definitely does not look fully recovered and his stats show the same.
I saw Lacy at the Oval Office one night during preseason. Had quite a few drinks with him til close. Dude honestly doesn’t have the mentality of a committed athlete. Also we’re the same height, I sit at a healthy 185, dude dwarfed me in overall size. Granted he plays football but I swear on everything there’s no way the kid was sitting under 240 at the time, he’s gotten bigger as the seasons gone on.