Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy runs against the Seattle Seahawks
early in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday,
Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
GREEN BAY —
Eddie Lacy is back after another concussion, and he is pondering a
couple of changes.
Green Bay Packers running back returned to practice Thursday as a
full participant after getting knocked out of last week's loss to
Seattle in the season opener. He appears ready to assume his
normal workload in Sunday's home opener against the New York Jets.
It was Lacy's
second concussion in nearly a year, enough to get him thinking
about adjusting his running style.
I'll have to figure out a way to change the way I run, but still
keep the physical part of it," Lacy said. "It's not
really something I'm trying to change as of now. I guess as I get
older I will figure out how it goes."
The second change
appears to be more immediate.
training camp, Lacy had been wearing a new helmet designed to
better safeguard against concussions.
we all thought," Lacy said.
He's switching to
his old helmet on Friday.
"I tried it
out, and I think I'll go back," Lacy said.
Offensive Rookie of the Year said he never had a concussion before
suffering one against the Redskins on Sept. 15, 2013.
aftereffects from that concussion, which he absorbed while wearing
his old helmet, were apparently worse.
remember nothing when I got hit last year," Lacy said.
"But on this one I know everything that happened on that play
and the play after and all the way until today. It was nowhere
near as bad as last year."
concussion occurred after getting hit by safety Kam Chancellor.
Lacy said he isn't sure whether the new helmet may have limited
the severity of his latest concussion, because he didn't suffer a
second concussion wearing his old helmet.
he uses, and whenever he tweaks his running style, Lacy doesn't
seem too worried right now about the long term. He sported his
usual, easygoing attitude after practice.
that bridge when you get there. Some guys it happened to, some
guys come out perfectly fine no matter how many concussions they
had," he said. "You don't know what the future holds, so
I'm not worried about it."
Lacy was held to
34 yards on 12 carries against the tough Seahawks defense in last
week's 36-16 loss. He won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award
last season after rushing for 11 touchdowns and more than 1,100
Green Bay last
played on Sept. 4, so Lacy had a few extra days to rest after
getting the weekend off. After sitting out Wednesday's practice,
Lacy resumed normal activities on Thursday. He pronounced himself
ready if coach Mike McCarthy decides to give him 25 carries.
coach Sam Gash will leave it up to Lacy on whether he wants to
tweak his style.
physical guy. I don't get into him changing what he's doing. He's
been successful in the NFL and he's going to continue to do what
makes him successful," Gash said. "If that's him feeling
like he needs to change, that's what we would obviously talk
tackle Bryan Bulaga, who hurt his left knee against Seattle, also
practiced for a second straight day on a limited basis, as did
tight end Brandon Bostick, who is coming back from a leg injury.