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NFL Rumors: Green Bay Packers To Sign Trent Richardson to Replace Injured Eddie Lacy

( [email protected] ) Oct 12, 2016 12:18 PM EDT
With Week 6 coming up, the Green Bay Packers need to do something to their lineup especially since they'll be going up against the Dallas Cowboys. Since Eddie Lacy will most likely not be able to join the game due to a recent injury, the Packers might resort to signing free agent Trent Richardson.
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) breaks free for a first down against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) and cornerback Leon Hall (25) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

With Week 6 coming up, the Green Bay Packers need to do something to their lineup especially since they'll be going up against the Dallas Cowboys. Since Eddie Lacy will most likely not be able to join the game due to a recent injury, the Packers might resort to signing free agent Trent Richardson.

Lacy carried out a stunning performance during the Packers' Week 5 game against the New York Giants on Sunday. However, he was not able to finish the game after injuring his left ankle, which Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson accidentally landed on. During the time that he played, Lacy was able to run 81 yards with 11 carries.

His athleticism is certainly what Green Bay needs this week as they head into a game against Ezekiel Elliot and the rest of the Cowboys. But, with him indefinitely out, it seems his replacement James Starks will have to play in his place.

As seen during the earlier games, Starks struggles a bit on the field. Despite this, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is confident about Starks' skills.

"We feel great about James Starks," he said. "I missed him a couple of times on screens that could have been bigger plays, but he ran the ball pretty well, maybe should have kept that last one inside, but we have a lot of faith in James if Eddie's down. That's why you've got to have two backs in this league."

Even though Starks could be a good temporary replacement for Lacy, the Packers are still facing a problem involving the lack of depth in their running back bench. If Starks gets injured, the team will have no other choice but to play Aaron Ripkowski.

Since it is not yet clear how long Lacy will be absent for, the Packers could look to signing someone from the free agency pool. Ideally, this should be a veteran athlete who will have no problems running the ball and adapting to various scenarios.

A likely candidate is Richardson, who was with the Baltimore Ravens before he was waived this offseason. Richardson has been in the league since 2012 and has played for various franchises including the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders.

At 25 years old, he is still fairly young and physically capable of running the ball down the field and penetrating the opponents' defensive line. Getting him on the Packers' roster could give the team the depth that it needs to secure its offensive line.

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