Packers RB Eddie Lacy on his ankle injury: 'It's going away'

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Eddie Lacy still isn’t over his sprained right ankle, but he feels better about it than he did when he had the same injury as a rookie in 2013.

The Green Bay Packers running back knows this one will get better.

“It’s better than that because it’s not going to be a lingering thing,” Lacy said Thursday. “It’s going away. My rookie year, it really didn’t go away.”

That doesn’t mean it’s gone yet. Lacy was limited in Monday night’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs and although he did not suffer a setback, he might not be at full strength coming off a short week in advance of Sunday’s game at San Francisco.

“Clearly I wasn’t my old self,” Lacy said. “But I was able to go out and make a few plays.”

Lacy carried only 10 times but managed 46 yards. He also caught three passes for 41 yards, including a 26-yard catch-and-run on a screen that quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to shovel to him in an unorthodox manner.

James Starks got more work than Lacy with 17 carries for just 32 yards, and rookie Alonzo Harris saw his first action. He had a 16-yard gain on his first NFL touch.

Lacy barely practiced at all leading up to the Chiefs’ game, but was a full participant when practiced resumed Wednesday. As a rookie he barely practiced after his injury late in the season and often wore a walking boot all week leading up to the games.

However, before you go back to putting Lacy in your fantasy football lineup, remember that Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he liked the rotation he had with Lacy, Starks and Harris. Even before Lacy's injury in Week 2 against the Seahawks, he said he wanted to give Starks more carries.

“We had a plan,” McCarthy said. “And you know as far as Eddie playing and obviously James would take a little more than Eddie, and it was good to get Alonzo in there. I definitely wanted to get Alonzo in there for one series, and so we hit the target of how we wanted to play the running back group.”

And some of the substitutions were unplanned. Lacy took himself out of Monday's game on a couple of occasions.

“Just giving it a little break,” he said. “I don’t remember that exact play. I think I was getting hit a lot, broke a lot of tackles. Whenever I feel it, I go to the side and just give it a little rest.”