According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy sounded cautiously optimistic about running back Eddie Lacy’s ankle and his ability to play against the Dallas Cowboys. With so much of the focus on Aaron Rodgers and whether or not he will be able to play, Lacy’s status is somewhat on the back burner at least from a national perspective.
The good news is the fact that the Packers do play the Cowboys this week. The game is in Dallas in the Jerry Dome, so the conditions will not be problematic for Lacy’s ankles. The other good news is that the Cowboys defense is the worst in the NFL right now and has been unable to stop anyone. If the Packers place in the standings was not as dubious as it was right now, Lacy might not be a concern until next week, but this is a critical game for the Packers to win. At 6-6-1, the Packers are in third place looking up at the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears at 7-6, so they need to take advantage of this game and win to keep pace.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys need to win this game in order to try to keep up with the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles. They will have an opportunity to play the Eagles the last week of the year with a chance to win the tie-breaker, but they need to have the ability to draw even in the standings for that to matter.