“I think Eddie’s been rejuvenated,” McCarthy said. “His work was good today. I checked in with him just like do with all players. I look for him to have a good week of practice and be productive Sunday. We’re worried about what’s in front of us. We talk about what’s behind us way too much.”
Lacy reportedly missed curfew last Wednesday night in Detroit, which is why his playing time against the Lions the next night was drastically reduced despite coming off of back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. McCarthy essentially said any punishment involving Lacy was over and done with.
“Everything Eddie wants to accomplish is right there in front of him, that’s what we’re focused on today,” McCarthy said. “If Eddie or any other player wants to jump up and grab an opportunity, it’s right in front of him.”
The weekend off was good for the Packers’ banged-up offensive line as well. McCarthy said every lineman was going to do at least some work in Tuesday’s light practice except for center Corey Linsley (ankle). Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) missed the Detroit game entirely, while left tackle David Bahktiari (knee) exited the game briefly but returned.
“We’ve had a break here. I look for those guys to bounce back,” McCarthy said. “I thought our backup players did a good job.”
McCarthy also said rookie receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle), who has been out several weeks, would try to practice on Tuesday as well.
The Packers host the Cowboys on Sunday as Green Bay tries to break a rare two-game home losing streak. Dallas is coming off a last-second win Monday night at Washington, keeping the 4-8 Cowboys just one game out of first place in the NFC East. Dallas is playing with backup QB Matt Cassel, but the Cowboys’ defense right now is the strength of their team.
“It’s a very good defense,” McCarthy said. “I thought they were very good last night.”
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