Eddie Lacy's much-anticipated bounce-back season is officially over, leaving the rotund running back's Green Bay future up in the air.
Through five games prior to the ankle injury, Lacy was averaging a career-high 5.07 yards per carry for a Packers team that started 3-2. Although he was breaking tackles and extending plays, his footwork had not returned to the preternaturally nimble form that sparked his success in 2013 and 2014. There were even whispers that the weight had returned by October, pushing him closer to the 260-pound range.
Whereas Lacy averaged nearly 40 receptions in his first two seasons, he was an afterthought in the passing game early this year. In other words, the coaches no longer viewed him as a three-down back capable of excelling in any situation.
Lacy is due to reach free agency in March after leaving Green Bay's backfield shorthanded for two straight seasons.