The Green Bay Packers lost starting running back and 2013 draft pick Eddie Lacy following a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit that gave him a concussion. That forced running back James Starks into the line up.
“Time to go to work,” Starks said of his mentality entering the game, via the Green Bay Gazette. “That’s all I could do. One person goes down, you have to be ready to go in there, step up and do what you know you’re capable of.”
All Starks did was carry the ball 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown. It was the first time the Packers had a running back gain 100 yards rushing since 2010.
“I just told (James), I said, ‘When you run like that, when you run that hard, when you’re in that zone, you’re hard to stop,’” right guard T.J. Lang said. “He’s a guy who has shown that many times before, but with him he definitely took advantage of his opportunity with Eddie going down, you saw that with the play on the sideline where he ducked his head, got some extra yards. Hopefully that guy is all right, you never want to see injuries.”
The extent of Lacy’s injury is still unknown and when he’d even be able to return is still unknown.