Eddie Lacy gives Pack back support against Bears
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter November 1, 2013 10:40PM
Updated: December 3, 2013 6:13AM
As if quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t enough to worry about, rookie running back Eddie Lacy has added a dimension to the Green Bay Packers’ offense that will put additional pressure on the Bears’ short-handed defense.
The 5-11, 230-pound Lacy, the Packers’ second-round pick from Alabama, leads the team with 446 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 112 carries (4.0 yards per carry).
‘‘He’s a big, strong guy,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘He can run inside and outside. He’s a physical presence, which Green Bay hasn’t had, to my recollection, in recent years.’’
With James Starks (41-244, 6.0, two touchdowns) and Johnathan Franklin (19-107, 5.6, one touchdown), the Packers are third in the NFL in rushing yards per game (166) and yards per carry (4.8). They have been 20th, 27th and 24th in yards per game and 22nd, 26th and 25th in yards per carry the previous three seasons. In fact, the Packers have been no higher than 10th in rushing yards per game or per attempt since 2004.
Tillman looking better
Charles Tillman, recovering from a knee injury that forced him out of the game against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter, practiced on a limited basis Friday. But Trestman sounded optimistic the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback would be able to play against the Packers.
‘‘I was happy to see Charles out there,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘He worked the entire practice and got a number of reps and went at full speed. That was good to see.’’
Safety Major Wright (knee), linebacker Blake Costanzo (knee) and wide receiver Joe Anderson (abdomen) returned to practice Friday.
Jones back for Pack
Packers wide receiver James Jones returned to practice for the first time since suffering a knee injury Oct. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens. Jones scored three touchdowns in the Packers’ 21-13 victory over the Bears last season at Soldier Field.
Linebacker Nick Perry (foot) did not practice. Linebacker Brad Jones, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, had full participation in practice. Backup tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) was limited.
The Packers already are missing three starters: linebacker Clay Matthews (broken thumb), who had 51/2 sacks in two games against the Bears last season, tight end Jermichael Finley (neck) and wide receiver Randall Cobb (broken leg).