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Eddie Lacy a 'concern' for preseason opener, Packers head coach says

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After seemingly taking a strong lead in the running back competition, the Green Bay rookie suffered a setback in practice this week and could miss the Arizona game.

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Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy did not practice on Thursday, and there is "concern" that he could be out for Friday's preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau, according to Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy. On Tuesday, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel noted that Lacy had taken the "leading role" ahead of James Starks and Johnathan Franklin for the starting running back spot.

Now it appears that there is a chance he won't be taking any snaps in the first preseason game of the year due to a hurt hamstring.

Lacy, Green Bay's second-round pick in April's NFL Draft, ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns for the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide last year.  The Packers were looking for a lead back to take over for the departed Cedric Benson, and so Lacy has had an excellent camp and offseason, but it now looks like there is a solid chance he will miss the first preseason game of his career.

If he does sit out, Lacy's next opportunity will be the Packers' following game, which will be Saturday, Aug. 17 at the St. Louis Rams.

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