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McCarthy: Eddie Lacy bigger than he was as a rookie

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Prepare to freak out: Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is heavier than he was during his rookie season. You remember his rookie season, right? The year everyone assumed he was overweight but he wasn't overweight?

"I'm not going to get into guys' weights," coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. "I mean, I've never been asked a question about a guy's weight. But I think players do get bigger in their career. But he's bigger than he was as a rookie."

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Though Lacy wasn't listed on the team's injury report with an ankle issue, it's hard to believe that his weight -- whatever it is now -- is slowing him down. As we noted the last time we talked about Lacy's ankle, injuries don't heal during a season. They don't just go away like they do in Madden, and a player doesn't miraculously feel like he's walking on a brand new set of muscles and joints.

Over the course of their careers, running backs get heavier and lighter depending largely on their playing style and the suggestions they receive from the training staff. Perhaps Lacy -- who only had three yards on four carries last week -- wants a little bit more protection when there's a linebacker surging at him going 30 mph.

Ankle injuries and injury reports are far more fickle. What's more likely: A Pro Bowl running back putting on 10 pounds and all of the sudden can't find a role in the running game, or a player who has experienced lingering ankle issues throughout his career is once again experiencing some lingering ankle issues?

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