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Eddie Lacy 'rejuvenated' according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy

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Lacy has endured a nightmarish 2015 so far, but the Packers remain hopeful he can turn himself around.

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Last Thursday, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy benched Eddie Lacy after he and teammate Alonzo Harris missed curfew. However, less than a week later, McCarthy praised Lacy for his effort in the time since.

"He's been rejuvenated and his work has been good today," McCarthy told the media Tuesday afternoon. "I look for him to have a good week of practice and a productive day Sunday. We're worrying about what's in front of us. We've talked about what's behind us too much. That's what I want everybody to think about."

Lacy's regression has proved one of the strangest developments of the Packers' season. The former All-Pro rushed for over 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons, but has struggled mightily for stretches of 2015, losing his starting job twice in the process. Though never a svelte athlete, Lacy's conditioning has come under fire this season in a way it never has before. Given that he becomes eligible for a contract extension following the season, it comes as a surprise that he hasn't done more to ensure a smoother third year in the NFL.

Yet, it appears the coaching staff has not given up on Lacy. If he can get his act together and give Green Bay's offense the balance it has lacked for much of the season, he can still salvage his career.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.