Illness doesn’t hamper Eddie Lacy
From Rob Demovsky, ESPN.com
~MINNEAPOLIS — Observed and heard in the locker room after the Green Bay Packers’ 24-21 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium:
Feeling ill: The Packers could tell running back Eddie Lacy wasn’t feeling well throughout the game but until it was disclosed after the game that he was suffering from an illness, no one on the outside knew. You sure couldn’t tell by the way he performed. He rushed 25 times for 125 yards — both season highs — and scored two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving). By the time reporters entered the locker room, Lacy was already on the team bus trying to recover. “I knew he wasn’t feeling great,” left guard Josh Sitton said. “He’s a tough son of a bitch. … You could see it on his face a little bit that he wasn’t feeling too good. He’s just tough, man.”
Game ball: Rookie tight end Richard Rodgers knows what he’s going to do with the ball he caught for his 1-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. “Probably give it to my dad,” Rodgers said of his father who is the Carolina Panthers’ special teams coach. It was perhaps one of the most memorable plays of the game because of how far Aaron Rodgers had to throw the ball for just 1 official yard. He rolled to his right and from just outside where the 10-yard line number is painted, he throw the ball all the way to back left corner of the end zone, where the tight end was completely uncovered and waving his arms.
On to New England: The talk turned almost immediately to Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots, the first-ever meeting between Rodgers and Tom Brady as starters. But most players said they wanted to enjoy this victory first. “I haven’t even thought about it,” receiver Jordy Nelson said. Guard T.J. Lang said: “It will be a big game for us. I haven’t really thought about them too much.”