After being counted out for this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy will sit.
It was just announced a few minutes ago that Lacy, who was knocked out of last week’s game due to a helmet-to-helmet hit by Washington Redskins Brandon Meriweather, will not suit up.
Meriweather was fined $42,000 for the hit, and is appealing.
The full list of inactives for today’s games is as follows:
27 RB Eddie Lacy
29 CB Casey Hayward
30 FB John Kuhn
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
93 DE Josh Boyd
James Starks will get the start for the Packers. With only three healthy running backs, to include another rookie Jonathan Franklin (John Kuhn is out), having Lacy at least dressed would have added depth to a very thin position.
But there were two schools of thought … some would say rest Lacy another week, plus the bye, and let Lacy play in week five, letting his concussion like symptoms more time to heal.
The other school of thought and the one that many thought Mike McCarthy subscribed to in this case, is if the medical side says he can play, he can play. It’s pretty clear that the medical side said sit him.
The concussion protocols now in place call for independent doctors to evaluate all concussed injuries. And given the Packers go out of their way for player safety and always follows medical policies anyways, the Packers head coach looks at it like ‘if the medical side says he is good to , I am playing him.’
As well he should.
There is nothing wrong with that. It’s the doctors and neurologists who make this call. The coach will play whomever he has available, and because McCarthy trusts the medical staff involved, Lacy will be an observer today.