Green Bay Packer fans will have to wait at least another game for running back Eddie Lacy’s debut at Lambeau Field. As the Packers prep for their first preseason battle of the year against the Arizona Cardinals, the second round pick out of Alabama will be on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Lacy’s injury will give more time to fellow rookie Jonathan Franklin, as well as third-year rusher James Starks and Alex Green. All three are expected to get some time, according to the Journal-Sentinel.
That same report says all four of Mike McCarthy’s quarterbacks will get some time under center, including former MVP Aaron Rodgers, and newly acquired veteran Vince Young. Protecting each passer will be rookie offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, who is expected to see plenty of action.
Arizona fans will get their first look at their newest passing tandem of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. The 33-year-old Palmer hasn’t had a top receiver like Fitzgerald since his days in Cincinnati and Fitzgerald must be happy after going through four different quarterbacks last year alone.
After starting the season 4-0, the Cardinals went on a nine-game losing skid, and ended the season 5-11 thanks in part to a last place rushing offense. The club picked up running back Rashard Mendenhall, and Ryan Williams is still on the roster, but both have missed practices with injuries.
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The Cardinals do however have some youth in the backfield. Arizona used their fifth round pick on Stanford standout Stepfan Taylor, and one of their sixth round selections on Andre Ellington out of Clemson. Both were proven rushers at their respective schools and could certainly help the Cardinals bust out from the bottom of the highly competitive NFC West.
The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and a live online stream is available by subscription on the NFL’s official site here.
Those in Green Bay can watch on WGBA NBC 26, and Arizona fans can watch on KNXV ABC 15.
Betting Odds: Green Bay is favored by 4 points
Over/Under: 35 points
Prediction: Arizona 24, Green Bay 17