Lacy’s chances at Lam­beau grounded

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Green Bay — The Sea­hawks’ team buses were nearly full and ready to depart from Lam­beau Field on Sun­day about 7:45 p.m. fol­low­ing Seat­tle’s 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Pack­ers.

A group of fans waited pa­tiently along the fence, chant­ing “Ed­die, Ed­die” and of­fer­ing the for­mer Pack­ers run­ning back ev­ery­thing from a cold beer to a Kroll’s cheese­burger un­til the buses rum­bled out of the sta­dium.

Lacy played four sea­sons in Green Bay, en­dear­ing him­self to fans with a hard-charg­ing run­ning style be­fore weight and con­di­tion­ing is­sues and in­juries lim­ited his pro­duc­tiv­ity.

He was not re-signed by Green Bay fol­low­ing the 2016 sea­son af­ter gain­ing 360 yards in 71 at­tempts (5.1 avg.) and no touch­downs. Lacy signed with Seat­tle, a fresh start for the 27year-old run­ning back with a team try­ing to up­grade its run­ning game.

“You can look at it a bunch of dif­fer­ent ways,” Lacy said ear­lier in the vis­i­tor’s locker room. “Ul­ti­mately, the busi­ness fac­tor fac­tored a lot into it. There’s no hard feel­ings be­tween me and the coach­ing staff over there, all the play­ers or any­thing like that. The chips fell the way they fell and you know, that’s what it is.”

Lacy’s re­turn to Green Bay did not go as he en­vi­sioned fol­low­ing a Sea­hawks loss and a very for­get­table in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance in front of 78,381 fans in an early sea­son NFC show­down of teams with le­git­i­mate Su­per Bowl as­pi­ra­tions.

The Green Bay de­fense lim­ited Russell Wilson and the Sea­hawks to just three field goals and 225 net yards, in­clud­ing 90 rush­ing.

Lacy was held to just three yards in five at­tempts (0.6 avg.), with a long of six yards. “We came in and had a game plan, and the only thing I can do is when I got the op­por­tu­nity make the most of it,” Lacy said.

Lacy was not af­forded much run­ning room, and the tone was set on his first carry on Seat­tle’s sec­ond pos­ses­sion of the game.

On first down at the 50-yard line, Lacy bounced out­side to the left side but was cut down by cor­ner­backs Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall and Quin­ten Rollins for a two-yard gain. On the en­su­ing play, he burst up the mid­dle and spun through a tackle for six yards — his lone high­light.

Seat­tle tried to get Lacy on track on its next se­ries, but he was taken down for a two-yard loss by linebacker Jake Ryan as he again tested the left flank of the Pack­ers de­fense. His fi­nal carry of the half was off left tackle and he was stonewalled for no again by lineback­ers Ah­mad Brooks and Jake Ryan.

Lacy’s first half num­bers were four car­ries for 6 yards (1.5 avg.) as Seat­tle took a pre­car­i­ous 3-0 lead into half­time. On his fi­nal rush in the third quar­ter, Lacy ran right and was blasted for a three-yard loss by de­fen­sive tackle Mike Daniels, a dom­i­nant force who had five to­tal tack­les, 11⁄ sacks, and four 2 hits on Wilson.

Lacy could only watch as Rodgers and the Pack­ers of­fense ran out the fi­nal 6:17 of the game with a 17-9 cush­ion.

“Noth­ing was easy, es­pe­cially when you have No. 12 at quar- ter­back on the other side,” Lacy said. “Be­ing on the right side (vis­i­tor’s), it’s kind of weird watch­ing him play, you know. But it’s foot­ball and we know what we have to do: put this game be­hind us, learn from it, and move for­ward.”

Lacy em­braced and talked to many for­mer team­mates af­ter the fi­nal gun, and af­ter hug­ging safety Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix, he slowly walked through the tun­nel to the vis­i­tor’s locker room.

“You never know how things will go,” Lacy told re­porters. “But we have a long sea­son and a long while to get things on track and we just have to take ev­ery­thing one day at a time. (Was it) emo­tional? Yeah, be­cause we lost.”

One locker away was rookie run­ning back Chris Car­son, who started the game and had six car­ries for 39 yards with one carry ac­count­ing for 30 yards. Wilson was the team’s lead­ing rusher with two scram­bles up the mid­dle for 11 and 29 yards.

“Green Bay has a great de­fense, but we have to ex­e­cute bet­ter,” Car­son said. “Ed­die — he was talk­ing about com­ing back to Green Bay and this game all week. It’s a ri­valry game and we talked about be­ing the at­tacker and not the one at­tacked.

“The Pack­ers did a great job with their game plan. We made some men­tal mis­takes. We had a few red-zone op­por­tu­ni­ties where we should have punched it in.”

Head coach Mike McCarthy had high praise for his de­fense.

“This (vic­tory) re­ally started with our de­fense,” he said. “You hold an of­fense to nine points in to­day’s NFL that speaks vol­umes. They were play­ing at a high level com­ing out of the pre­sea­son. It started at the line of scrim­mage. We were in their back­field a bunch. We had the big plays.”

Pack­ers safety Morgan Bur­nett said he only wished Lacy the best go­ing for­ward.

“He was a good team­mate and I’m proud of him for his hard work,” Bur­nett said.

WM. GLASHEEN / USA TO­DAY NET­WORK-WIS­CON­SIN

Pack­ers de­fend­ers Blake Martinez (50), Ken­trell Brice (29) and Mike Daniels swarm Seat­tle run­ning back Ed­die Lacy on Sun­day. Lacy, a for­mer Packer, wasn’t a fac­tor dur­ing his re­turn to Lam­beau Field.

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