The Green Bay Packers lost running back Eddie Lacy in a season-opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks after the second-year running back went down hard and was diagnosed with a concussion.
Lacy had a difficult time running against an attacking Seattle defense, rushing for just 34 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game in the second half of a 36-16 defeat.
After the game Lacy was seen wearing sunglasses but did not talk to reporters — which is actually a new requirement under the NFL’s concussion policy.
There are still few details on the Eddie Lacy injury, but the Green Bay Packers will likely know more this week as he undergoes the league’s required post-concussion tests.
Lacy wasn’t the only Packer to go down during the game. Starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga was also forced out of the game due to a knee injury.
Despite initial fears that Bulaga may have torn his ACL, coach Mike McCarthy said it didn’t appear to be that serious.
“As of right now, we do not fear a major injury,” McCarthy said of Bulaga. “So, that’s kind of where it stands. Until we get back and get the scans and everything, we’ll know better, but right now, the trainers’ words were they do not fear a major injury.”
Bulaga already missed the entire 2013 season after injuring his left knee. Against Seattle he ran into a teammate, falling awkwardly on his leg.
“That sucks. I didn’t really see the play, but obviously he’s a guy who’s had some bad luck the last couple of years,” Packers guard T.J. Lang said of Bulaga. “He’s one of the hardest working guys we’ve got and seeing him go down is never easy. Talking with him, I think he sounded pretty confident that he won’t be out long.
“He’s a guy that we need; he’s a good player for us.”
The injury to Bryan Bulaga may have sealed the game for the Green Bay Packers. His replacement, Derek Sherrod, struggled in relief and gave up a sack that led to a safety.
The Green Bay Packers have not yet given official updates on the injuries to Eddie Lacy and Bryan Bulaga.