McCarthy: Starks will start Sunday, Lacy will go second


The suddenly slumping Green Bay Packers offense will welcome a key player back to the rotation this week.

Although James Starks will handle the first series in Sunday's NFC North clash at Minnesota, coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Eddie Lacy "will go second," per the team's official website.

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"We'll see how (Lacy) is at practice," McCarthy added.

Nursing a groin injury, Lacy was deactivated for last week's loss versus the Lions.

That move came just days after Lacy conceded that Starks had been outplaying him in recent weeks.

While that might be the case, Starks flopped when handed the starting role versus Detroit, leading to an unbalanced offense.

"We haven't been where we'd like," McCarthy added Wednesday. "Every year brings different challenges. It's something we have to overcome. Throwing the football 61 times, that's excessive."

The running game is far from the only problem on offense, but the Packers need Lacy to regain the form he showed late last season as the only NFL back to exceed 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine games.