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Eddie Lacy's carries will be cut by Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy has provided some early-season ground punch to the previous aerial-based assault.

Lacy has touched the ball 24 or more times the last four weeks, since retuning from a concussion injury, including 27 times (22 carries) in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns and 33 times (29 carries) last Sunday night versus the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers love Lacy's production, but they would like to see his number of carries reduced in upcoming games.

"We had an extra day (to recover) this week with the Monday night game, that plays into it too," running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said, per the Green Bay Press Gazette. "But we're definitely monitoring the carries for him, try to get him back down to around 20."

The wear-and-tear on Lacy is something the Packers will want to keep an eye on. His running style alone creates a lot of punishment to his body. Add in the likelihood that he will play a big role on a playoff team poised to make a deep run, and Green Bay will want him fresh in January.

James Starks' increased production should help lighten Lacy's load. Starks provides a similar style as Lacy. Starks will provide a reprieve, but Lacy will remain the Packers' No. 1 option. 

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