Lacy returns from ankle injury

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy appeared to sprain his right ankle on the final play of the first half against the Atlanta Falcons.

He did not start the second half, and his return was listed as questionable.

However, after missing the first two series of the third quarter, he returned and he carried four times on a drive that ended in a field goal that pulled the Packers to within 21-16 with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.

Lacy's right ankle was heavily taped.

The injury occurred on a meaningless play with the Packers just running out the clock. It’s not known why they didn’t take a knee and head into the locker room.

Lacy, who entered the game as the eighth leading rusher in the NFL this season, rushed for 32 yards on 11 carries in the first half and also caught two passes for 22 yards. He scored the Packers’ only touchdown of the first half on a 1-yard run. It was his seventh rushing touchdown of the season, the most ever by a Packers’ rookie running back.

James Starks, the only other halfback active for the Packers, started the second half.