Injuries: Eddie Lacy to miss several weeks; Big Ben out

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Eddie Lacy made headlines Sunday with his pair of hurdles in a disappointing loss to Dallas. He's back in the news Tuesday, but not for good reason.

After coach Mike McCarthy said that the Packers running back would not practice Tuesday due to ankle soreness, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Lacy could miss several weeks, not just Thursday night's game against the Bears.  Rapoport added that Lacy's ailment is "more than a sprained ankle."

Lacy was a question mark before Sunday's contest, and though he showed enough strength to lift his 234-pound body over defenders not once, but twice, the wear of the game again has sidelined him indefinitely. Desperate for backfield depth, the Packers also traded for Kansas City running back Knile Davis on Tuesday morning.

The team also announced that Sam Shields (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that the corner's concussion has not subsided as the team had first hoped.

Shields said on his Instagram that he intends to return to the field after the mandatory eight-week stint on IR.

Shields has had five concussions in his career, so team doctors are "intent on making sure he's right before he sees the field again," Garafolo added.

Other injury news we're tracking on Tuesday:

1. The Steelers have ruled out quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee), defensive end Cameron Heyward (hamstring) and offensive lineman Cody Wallace (knee) for Week 7. Coach Mike Tomlin said the team will monitor the statuses of Markus Wheaton (shoulder), Ryan Shazier (knee), Marcus Gilbert (ankle), Mike Mitchell (knee) and DeAngelo Williams (knee) throughout the week.

No decision has been made on whether tight end Ladarius Green will practice this week.

2. The Browns placed safety Jordan Poyer (lacerated kidney) on injured reserve Tuesday.

3. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (thumb), guard Josh Sitton (ankle), defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (ankle), wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe) and cornerback Tracy Porter (knee) did not practice on Tuesday ahead of Chicago's Thursday night clash with Green Bay.

4. Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson's season is likely over. Coach Bill O'Brien said as much on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday after the corner underwent surgery on his broken foot.

5. The Falcons placed defensive end Derrick Shelby on injured reserve with an Achilles injury.

6. Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown is day-to-day with a knee injury.

7. Jets receiver Eric Decker underwent hip surgery, the team announced. The anticipated recovery time is six months. Once he is off crutches, he will have a subsequent procedure on his shoulder where the estimated recovery is eight months.

8. The Buccaneers announced that wide receiver Vincent Jackson (ACL) has been placed on injured reserve.

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