Packers' James Starks (44) runs 65-yards for a touchdown during
the first half of an NFL football game against the San Diego
Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — A lack of carries for
Eddie Lacy with the Green Bay Packers isn't necessarily solely tied to
how the running back feels after he sprained his right ankle earlier
Yes, Lacy is playing hurt, coach Mike
McCarthy said Monday, but most of rest of the team is, too.
The upcoming bye week offers a
much-needed break for Lacy and other sore Packers.
"He's beat up, this week will help
him," McCarthy said, though adding, "I don't see
conditioning as an issue."
Lacy got just four carries for 3 yards
in the 27-20 win on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. James
Starks, normally the backup, got the start and made quick impressions
with a 5-yard touchdown off a shovel pass and 65-yard touchdown run in
the first quarter.
Starks finished with 10 carries for 112
yards. Lacy said after the game he wasn't limited, though he thought
he might have a reduced role.
"When Starks started off and he
comes out with a big run right out of the gate, it's hard to shut that
down," Lacy said Sunday. "You want to keep going and get
what you can get out of it, and he kept rolling."
The distribution in carries isn't tied
to what happens in practice, McCarthy said. At the same time, the
veteran Starks has long been a trusted backup in Green Bay, and
coaches like the way he has been running.
Packers' Eddie Lacy is stopped during the first half an NFL
football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015,
in Green Bay, Wis.
Starks offers more of a threat outside
the tackles than the bruising Lacy.
"James Starks is an outstanding
running back, so we want to be a one-two punch," McCarthy said.
McCarthy has mentioned in the past how
he has wanted to get Starks more touches.
When healthy, Lacy has received the
majority of carries since he arrived in Green Bay in 2013. But the
third-year back left the 27-17 win over Seattle in Week 2 after
spraining his right ankle, a type of injury that has also bothered
Lacy in his previous two seasons.
Lacy hasn't missed a game this year. He
has played much of the time since the latest ankle injury with a heavy
tape job around his right foot.
"At this point, I'm not really
interested in running one of my running backs 20-25 times in a game, I
don't think that's the best thing for us," McCarthy said.
It's worth nothing that Lacy has tended
to finish seasons strong. His physical style is suited for
The easygoing Lacy isn't voicing
concern about his carries. The immediate focus is on the bye week.
"It's definitely 6-0, use this
time to press the reset button, refocus, relax and come back and start
all over again," Lacy said.
NOTES: McCarthy said WR Ty Montgomery
was feeling better after leaving the Chargers game with a sprained
left ankle. ... WRs Davante Adams (ankle) and Randall Cobb (shoulder),
and S Morgan Burnett (calf) are among key players who should benefit
from the bye week. ... The victory over San Diego was McCarthy's 100th
in his 10 seasons as head coach.