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Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) is probable for this weekend's game against the Bills.  He won't be operating at 100%, and it's possible he cedes more action to James Starks than usual.  Buffalo also ranks 3rd in fantasy points allowed to RBs.  It's not a great spot for Lacy, so he's not a recommended play in daily games.  But you'd need to be stacked at RB to bench him in season-long leagues.

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Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) admitted Thursday that he still has "hurdles to clear" before he can play against the Bills on Sunday.  It's unclear if he meant that he still needs clearance from doctors or that he still needs to feel more comfortable playing through the hip issue (or both).  Lacy added that he won't play if it'll put the team at a disadvantage.  It certainly sounds like there's a chance he sits out this weekend.  Lacy owners need to have RB James Starks rostered as insurance.

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8 months ago

Packers RB Eddie Lacy revealed that he was unable to finish last night's game against the Falcons because of a hip injury.  RB James Starks played the final series for Green Bay.  Lacy did say afterward that he expects to be ready for this weekend's game against the Bills, but his practice participation will be worth monitoring this week.  Lacy owners would be wise to add Starks.

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10 months ago

Packers RB James Starks (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Saints.  He's likely looking at 8-12 touches, putting him in RB3 territory in a plus matchup.

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Packers RB James Starks (ankle) is probable for Sunday night’s game against the Saints. He practiced on Thursday and Friday, so the ankle shouldn’t be an issue. Starks is averaging about 10 touches over his last 3 games. That type of workload makes him a RB3 flier in this week’s plus matchup.

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After sitting out on Wednesday, Packers RB James Starks (ankle) got back on the practice field on Thursday.  It puts him on track to play in a plus matchup against the Saints on Sunday night.  Starks has totaled 27 carries and 5 catches over his last 3 games, putting him on the low-end RB3 radar.

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Packers RB James Starks (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.  The ankle injury isn't believed to be serious, but we can't consider him a lock to play against the Saints on Sunday night.  If he can't go, it'd be a nice boost to RB Eddie Lacy's Week 8 outlook.

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11 months ago

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) sat out practice on Wednesday. There’s optimism that Lacy will be cleared before Sunday, but it’s certainly not a given. If he’s out, James Starks will start against the Jets. He’d be just a low-end RB2/flex option in a brutal matchup.

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Packers HC Mike McCarthy announced on Friday that RB Eddie Lacy has cleared the 1st step of the league's concussion protocol. Lacy reportedly felt "very good" on Friday. He still has a ways to go to get cleared for Week 2, but the extra few days he's getting before gives him a better chance of being ready in time.

Update: Pro Football Talk reports that Lacy is "optimistic" that he'll get cleared in time to play in Week 2, per a league source.  James Starks certainly still makes plenty of sense as a waiver claim in the meantime, but the news is encouraging for this 1st-round fantasy back.

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Packers insider Rob Demovsky hears that the team is "worried that [RB Johnathan] Franklin's neck injury might be career-threatening."  Franklin suffered the injury (along with a concussion) in Week 12 last year.  We still don't have any details on the injury, but it was clearly a significant one.  We'll continue to keep an eye on Franklin's status.  If he's able to get back on the field, he'll compete for change-of-pace snaps with James Starks and DuJuan Harris.

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The Packers have re-signed RB James Starks to a 2-year deal.  Starks' lengthy injury history cooled his market, but he averaged a juicy 5.5 yards per carry as Eddie Lacy's backup last year.  Starks will battle for #2 RB duties this summer with DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.

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Packers HC Mike McCarthy deemed RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) "ready to play" against the Cowboys this weekend.  McCarthy said Lacy "looked good" in his return to practice on Friday.  The ankle issue adds some risk, but Lacy has too much upside to consider benching in fantasy.  Dallas has allowed the most fantasy points to RBs in the entire league.  RB James Starks might see more action than usual on Sunday but would be a risky fantasy play.

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Packers HC Mike McCarthy confirmed that RB Eddie Lacy suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's game against the Falcons.  "Too early to tell" whether he'll be ready for Week 15, McCarthy added.  The injury occurred on the final play of the 1st half.  Lacy carried 9 times for 33 yards in the 2nd frame.  He actually averaged more yards per carry after the injury (3.7) than he did before (2.9).  Considering Lacy played through the injury on Sunday, we're tentatively expecting him to be available for this week's game against the Cowboys.  But Lacy owners would be wise to add RB James Starks as insurance.

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Packers RB Eddie Lacy rolled his ankle on the final play of the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Falcons.  He returned for the 2nd but admitted that the ankle gave him trouble.  "I definitely couldn't push off of it as much as I wanted to," Lacy said. "I could feel it whenever I ran and, if I was healthy, I could have broken a couple of tackles. But I couldn't because I couldn't push off."  We'll monitor Lacy's status throughout this week.  He might not practice much but should be available for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.  Lacy owners can protect themselves by adding RB James Starks.

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1 year ago

Packers RB Eddie Lacy injured his ankle on the final play of the 1st half of Sunday's game.  He was in the locker room when the 2nd half started but is now standing on the sidelines with his helmet on.  Lacy is officially questionable to return.  RB James Starks is operating as the lead back for now.

Update: Lacy got back on the field near the end of the 3rd quarter but again gave way to Starks.

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Packers QB Seneca Wallace left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game with a groin injury.  QB Scott Tolzien, who was just called up from the practice squad, has entered in his place.  Expect even more of RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks for the Pack.

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