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Eddie Lacy unlikely to play Thursday vs. Bears, per report

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The Packers appear unlikely to have either of their top-2 backs for Thursday's game against the Bears.

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Earlier Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Green Bay Packers had made the surprise decision to trade for Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis. Now, we have more context as to what motivated that decision. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, lead back Eddie Lacy appears highly unlikely to suit up for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears due to his troublesome ankle.

Since playing on a bad ankle Sunday in a 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Lacy has not managed to participate during any of the Packers' practices. While that doesn't necessarily preclude him from taking the field Thursday, it doesn't offer the rosiest picture of his prospects. With backup running back James Starks also sidelined for the foreseeable future with a knee injury of his own, Aaron Ripkowski becomes the only healthy player in Green Bay's stable.

If Lacy misses the game, the workload would likely fall on the newly acquired Davis as well as the wideout tandem of Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb, both of which have worked out of the backfield this season. The Packers could also choose to elevate practice-squad player Don Jackson to the active roster.

On the year, Lacy has rushed 71 times for 360 yards (5.1 average). He has also hauled in four passes for 28 yards. He has yet to reach the end zone this season.

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