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Eddie Lacy having surgery, will be placed on injured reserve

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GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 25: Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on September 25, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Packers running back Eddie Lacy went for a second opinion on his injured ankle earlier this week and the result of that examination isn’t good news for the Green Bay running game.

According to multiple reports, which PFT has confirmed, Lacy has learned that he needs to have surgery to repair the injury and will be placed on injured reserve. That will keep him out of the lineup for at least eight weeks and it will mean that at least one of Lacy and cornerback Sam Shields, who went on injured reserve earlier this week, will miss the rest of the season as the Packers can only bring one player back.

The news on Lacy comes at a moment when the Packers are also without James Starks because of Starks’ knee surgery. That leaves them with the newly acquired Knile Davis and wide receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb as backfield options, although it seems likely that they’ll now promote Don Jackson from the practice squad to increase their options in the ground game.

Whether that happens before the Packers host the Bears on Thursday night remains to be seen along with how the Packers will cope without their top running back for the next two months or more.