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Eddie Lacy no guarantee to start for Packers, coach says

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Eddie Lacy insists he's not someone the Green Bay Packers need to be concerned about off the field.

That was the message from the third-year running back in his first comments since he missed curfew on the eve of last Thursday's game at Detroit.

Lacy said he was in the team hotel but not in his room at the required time. Coach Mike McCarthy reduced Lacy's playing time against the Lions, and the Packers cut rookie running back Alonzo Harris, who also missed curfew.

"We had a conversation internally and they know that whenever I'm out on the field I'm going to do exactly what I have to do," Lacy said. "I'm not a guy that makes a lot of mistakes or bad things off the field either, so that's something they know they don't have to worry about."

Lacy said he simply "lost track of time."

He and McCarthy met Thursday to discuss the incident.

"We just had to talk," Lacy said. "Once we both got our words out, I think that pretty much sealed it. But at the same time, talking only does so much. It's about action as well. So just proving that I could back up what we discussed and I'm trustworthy."

McCarthy wouldn't say whether Lacy, who carried only five times for 4 yards against the Lions, will get his starting job back for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys but indicated he would have the chance to do so with a good week of practice and preparation.

"Everything Eddie wants to accomplish is right there in front of him," McCarthy said. "Everything is in front of him. If Eddie or any other player wants to jump up and grab that opportunity, it's right in front of them."

It has been a disappointing third season for Lacy, who rushed for 1,100-plus yards in each of his first two seasons. With four games remaining, he's stuck on 517 yards.

"We put it behind us, and we're moving forward," Lacy said. "I think we both got things out in that conversation and we're both moving forward from that incident."