It sure feels like the last two weeks in Green Bay have been filled with enough intrigue and drama to fill an entire season. Among the headlines, injuries to running back Eddie Lacy and corner back Sam Shields stick out, even with the plethora of additional injuries to the respective position groups. With the news that both have been placed on Injured Reserve – Lacy with an ankle injury and Shields with another concussion – we’re all biting our nails wondering if we’ve seen the last of Lacy and Shields in Green and Gold.
After injuring his ankle late in the game against the New York Giants in Week 5, Lacy carried the ball a season high 17 times in last week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a game in which the Packers fielded only one running back. Lacy was placed to IR just hours before kickoff on Thursday, and will undergo surgery to repair his injured ankle. He was replaced on the roster by Don Jackson (called up from the practice squad) and Knile Davis (acquired in a trade with the Chiefs).
With Lacy’s contract set to expire after this season, the Packers may decide to go a different direction. Given his history with injuries and weight fluctuation, General Manager Ted Thompson will be wary of giving Lacy the long term deal Lacy will be hoping for.
Sam Shields – who has spent a large part of his career battling injuries, including multiple concussions – was also placed on IR this week with a concussion suffered in Week 1 against the Jaguars. Shields has put up good numbers in his career with the packers – 18 INT & 87 Pass Deflections – and while he is still under contract for next season, there’s growing concern that this concussion might nudge Shields towards retirement.
There is still a possibility that both players return to Lambeau next year; Shields may decide to give it another go, and Lacy may sign a 1-year deal similar to Nick Perry’s deal for this season. There’s even the possibility that one of them returns this year, as the CBA dictates that each team can bring a player back from the injured reserve list after 8 weeks. But wondering if the two have taken their last snaps as Packers is a fair – albeit depressing – question.
Which player do you think is more likely to play for the Packers next year?