The Eddie Lacy injury is worse than originally thought. The Green Bay Packers running back is headed to IR, according to reports.
Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lacy's injured ankle needs surgery. He will head to injured reserve, though it is unclear if he is out for the year or could be brought back later on.
Lacy had rushed for 360 yards on 71 carries (5.1 ypc) through five games, but had also reportedly let his weight balloon up again, against the Packers' orders. Without him now, the Packers running back corps is in dire straits.
Lacy's primary backup, James Starks, is also out with an injury. The Packers just traded for the Kansas City Chiefs' Knile Davis, but he's never handled a workhorse role before. The team has undrafted rookie running back Don Jackson on its practice squad, and could promote him, but he's an unknown commodity.
For tonight's game against the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Ty Montgomery is reportedly slated to play the majority of snaps at running back.
From a fantasy perspective, the Eddie Lacy injury news obviously hurts people who owned the ex-Alabama star. Also, good luck trying to decipher whether Davis, Jackson or someone not even currently on the Packers roster ends up being the team's featured back going forward.
Fantasy players who own Aaron Rodgers and may be frustrated with the star quarterback's recent lack of production can at least look forward to him presumably throwing an obscene number of passes tonight. Green Bay's three primary receivers--Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and now, Montgomery--all look like solid fantasy plays this week.
The Packers and the Bears kick off tonight at 8:25 p.m. ET on NFL Network.