GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will activate CB Makinton Dorleant from injured reserve on Wednesday, a move that officially ends the season for RB Eddie Lacy and CB Sam Shields.
Lacy had 71 carries for 360 yards in five games (5.1 yards per carry), including a 17-carry, 103-yard performance against Detroit in Week 3. He’s participated in team meetings since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 20.
With Lacy out for the year, the Packers likely will stick with receiver Ty Montgomery in the backfield, along with veteran James Starks and recently acquired veteran Christine Michael.
“I thought he was having his best year,” said McCarthy of Lacy. “Eddie brings a different style and different packages you do with Eddie and James. It’s important to fit what we do and how we do it with our players.
Shields, a Pro Bowler in 2014, hasn’t played since he sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville during Green Bay’s the regular-season opener on Sept. 11.
McCarthy has stayed in contact with Shields, who’s been home in Sarasota, Fla., but said he doesn’t know the cornerback’s long-term outlook in regards to football.
“Really the conversation with Sam, I know particularly mine, he needs to get healthy for him and his family,” McCarthy said. “That needs to be his focus, it is his focus and that’s what we’re focusing on.”
Dorleant, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Iowa, had two tackles in two preseason games before being placed on injured reserve during the final roster reduction with a hamstring injury.
The 5-foot-11, 182-pound cornerback stayed in Green Bay during his rehab and could provide depth to a cornerback position that lost Demetri Goodson to what McCarthy called “a significant knee injury” against Washington on Sunday night.
“He’s explosive,” said McCarthy of Dorleant. “He plays with great energy. I liked his toughness. I thought he did some really good things on special teams. He was injured pretty much the whole training camp and fought through it, and did some good things. It’ll be good to get him out there and see where he is.”
The previous players who received the Packers’ designation to return from injured reserve are TE Andrew Quarless (2015), C JC Tretter (2014), WR Randall Cobb (2013) and RB Cedric Benson (2012).
McCarthy added that cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) will practice in limited fashion on Wednesday. He hasn’t played since Oct. 16 against Dallas.
Right guard T.J. Lang (foot) is getting better, but McCarthy said he won’t practice Wednesday and will be a long-shot to play on Monday night against Philadelphia.
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