GREEN BAY — Amidst media reports that Packers RB Eddie Lacy is going to be out multiple weeks with his ankle injury, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that discussions are ongoing with GM Ted Thompson and team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie to sort through all the information regarding his injury.
“That’s exactly where we are,” McCarthy said, a little more than 30 hours before kickoff against the Bears. “He will work with the rehab group today at practice. He’s made a little bit of progress is the feedback I’ve been given.”
All McCarthy would commit to is that Lacy’s chances of playing on Thursday night are extremely remote.
“He’s going to have to have a wonderful, great 24 hours to play in the game,” he said. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but he will be working in the large rehab group today.”
New RB Knile Davis’ first day in Green Bay went well, and McCarthy said he’s a bright player who looked “natural” on the field. McCarthy wouldn’t say whether or not Davis would play in the game, but he’ll try to absorb as much scheme and game plan as he can before game time.
“We’ll do everything we can,” McCarthy said. “When you bring in a player in-season, you don’t get to teach him the system, you don’t get to teach him the foundation. You have to work that in the off hours. You have to exercise a game plan, which is different from an installation, but he’s a veteran, and I think he’ll do fine.”
Rookie Don Jackson is another option at running back should the Packers decide to sign him to the active roster from the practice squad. Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb and Aaron Ripkowski have also taken snaps in the backfield this season.
McCarthy also said CBs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, both dealing with groin injuries, would be “hard-pressed” to play on Thursday night. That would leave LaDarius Gunter, Demetri Goodson, Micah Hyde and Josh Hawkins as the defense’s remaining corners.
“I have great confidence in them,” McCarthy said. “They’re going to get in there and play and we’re going to win the game. We have a good football team. Every one of our guys is a good football player. We have a good plan, we’ll exercise that today, and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow night.”