Packers running back Eddie Lacy needs ankle surgery and was placed on injured reserve. - From ESPN.com
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy needs surgery on his left ankle, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and he was placed on injured reserve by the team Thursday.
A source told ESPN's Rob Demovsky that the expectation is that Lacy will be able to return late in the season, assuming surgery goes as expected, so the Packers likely will use the designated-to-return classification on him when the time is right.
It that's the case, it would mean the Packers couldn't bring back cornerback Sam Shields, who also was placed on injured reserve this week.
Lacy was one of seven players ruled out of Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears.
With backup running back James Starks also unavailable after having knee surgery earlier this week, the Packers traded a conditional late-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for running back Knile Davis on Tuesday.