GREEN BAY — Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been very limited in practice this week due to a hip injury but is expected to play on Sunday in Buffalo. He’s being listed as probable on the injury report.
“He’s getting better,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “He did the strength and conditioning work, and all the other work in that area today. He’s making progress and hopefully he can practice tomorrow.”
McCarthy didn’t address whether Lacy’s usual workload would be curtailed at all due to his injury, but either way, RB James Starks is also ready to go. Starks got the most work he’s had in over a month this past Monday night vs. Atlanta, rushing for 73 yards.
“We’ll see how the game goes,” McCarthy said. “I feel very comfortable going with Eddie and James. It’s something we spent the whole offseason getting ready for. Both guys have done a great job being three-down players.”
For Starks, the game in Buffalo will be a return to his roots for the first time as a pro. The Packers haven’t played in Buffalo since 2006 and Starks was drafted in 2010. He’s from the area and went to college at Buffalo. He expects to have a strong rooting section in the Ralph Wilson Stadium stands.
“I can’t even really count (how many people),” Starks said. “I know a lot of people going that already got tickets. I just got 20 tickets for myself and my family. Other people already had their tickets for a while, so they’ve been waiting for this game since the beginning of the year. It’s going to be fun.”
Added McCarthy: “There’s no place like home. Everybody loves going back to their hometown. I know it’s special for him and his family. James is always smiling, and his smile is a little bigger this week. He’ll go out and play like he always does.”
Elsewhere on the injury report, CB Davon House (shoulder) has been ruled out. LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle) is also out for the second straight week.
McCarthy said House has a medical appointment regarding his shoulder today. A full prognosis is not yet known.
“He’s got to get more information,” McCarthy said. “He feels better. He has his range of motion back. He’s made a lot of progress the last couple of days.”
The Packers (10-3) head into Buffalo one-half game behind Arizona (11-3) for the best record in the NFC after the Cardinals beat the Rams on Thursday night. If the Packers can win out and the Cardinals lose one more game, Green Bay would secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
“We want to play at home for all the obvious reasons,” McCarthy said. “It helps your football team,. We have a great home-field advantage. The whole environment has gotten better and it’s definitely an environment we prefer to play in.”
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