Packers play it safe with Eddie Lacy

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy took no chances Thursday. When running back Eddie Lacy felt soreness in his knee, the Green Bay Packers coach pulled him out of practice.

McCarthy said it was just precautionary.

"I think Eddie will be ready to go on Sunday," McCarthy said. "Just the coach was nervous."

The Packers added him to the injury report and listed him as a limited participant in practice. They have only one more practice remaining before Sunday's NFC Championship game at the Seattle Seahawks. That practice will be Saturday in Seattle. The Packers don't practice on Fridays. They will conduct workouts in Green Bay and then leave later that afternoon for the West Coast.

As expected, quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) joined Thursday's practice about halfway through the session. Just like on Wednesday, Rodgers was not seen inside the Don Hutson Center during the portion of practice that was open to reporters.

McCarthy said Rodgers took part in three periods. Asked how Rodgers looked compared to last week at this time, he said: "I don't do comparisons, all right. He's getting ready to play."

Here's the Packers' full injury report:

  • DT Josh Boyd (ankle, limited participant)

  • RB Eddie Lacy (knee, limited participant)

  • QB Aaron Rodgers (calf, limited participant)

  • G Josh Sitton (toe, limited participant)