Eddie Lacy is no longer the starting running back for the Green Bay Packers.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed as much Wednesday in his weekly press conference, when he told reporters that James Starks “is our No. 1 back right now going into Detroit,” via ESPN.
To a certain extent, it actually might be a sigh of relief for fantasy owners who have started Lacy and received little production from the third-year back.
Lacy had been a disaster, putting up single-digit points in two of his previous three contests leading into Sunday’s 37-29 loss to the Carolina Panthers, in which Lacy left the game early with a hamstring injury and negative-one points thanks to a fumble.
Starks, meanwhile, has put up two 20-plus-point games in his last three.
McCarthy’s comments certainly could be a cause for inner turmoil for Lacy owners, though.
“I’m not a big believer in just riding one running back the whole season,” McCarthy said. “We’ll stay with the one-two punch.”
What exactly that means for each back’s usage remains to be seen, but given Lacy’s limited participation in practice due to Sunday’s groin injury and the recent demotion, he’s a safe bet to bench for Week 10.
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