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Packers’ McCarthy ‘Expects’ Eddie Lacy To Play Sunday

Eddie Lacy. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Eddie Lacy. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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(CBS/AP) Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is optimistic about rookie running back Eddie Lacy’s chances to play Sunday.

“I feel Eddie is in good place,” McCarthy said. “I expect him to play.”

Lacy suffered an ankle injury in last week’s loss to the Steelers.

Green Bay has also gone the majority of the season without tight end Jermichael Finley (neck) and playmaking receiver Randall Cobb (leg).

Still, the Packers managed to start 5-2 despite the injuries with Rodgers leading the offense.

Things changed drastically after Aaron Rodgers got hurt after being sacked while scrambling out of the pocket in the Week 9 loss to Chicago at Lambeau Field. The Packers went on a five-game winless skid, shuffling through three more starting quarterbacks.

Green Bay then won two straight with backup Matt Flynn before falling 38-31 last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Losses by Chicago and the Detroit Lions set up the winner-take-all finale Sunday with the Bears for the division and a home playoff game the following weekend.

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