Packers' Lacy, Harris missed curfew in Detroit
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers running backs Eddie Lacy and Alonzo Harris missed curfew in Detroit on Wednesday, according to a league source, which resulted in a roster shakeup during the win over the Lions.
Lacy played just 19 snaps against the Lions after rushing for at least 100 yards in each of the last two games. He did not take the field until the final moments of the first quarter and carried the ball just five times for a total of four yards.
The curfew violation also explains the oddly timed roster move by general manager Ted Thompson late Thursday afternoon. Harris, an undrafted free agent from Louisiana-Lafayette, was released a few hours before kickoff and running back John Crockett, another undrafted rookie, was signed off the practice squad.
Though he cleared waivers Friday, Harris is unlikely to rejoin the Packers as a member of the practice squad, according to a source.
Coach Mike McCarthy did not refute the idea that Lacy’s sharp decline in playing time stemmed from a disciplinary matter. Speaking in a press conference Friday afternoon, McCarthy said the situation was handled internally and a demotion was the outcome.
“Nothing happened last week with Eddie,” McCarthy said. “Leading up to the game, frankly, there’s an internal football decision that was made. That’s what resulted in Eddie’s reps.”
49ERS: San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula denied a report Friday that he clashed with deposed team president Paraag Marathe over the use of analytics, terming it “absolutely false, untrue.”
It was learned Thursday that Marathe, who has been with the organization for 15 years, will remain as team president through Super Bowl 50 but be reassigned to other duties following the season. At his final weekly press conference, Tomsula maintained he’d only just been briefed on it.
“I don’t have any knowledge, don’t have any comment, I don’t have anything,” Tomsula said. “You didn’t tell me if it was rumor or fact or it was an article or something. So no, I don’t have any clue.”
Tomsula also denied that he didn’t show up to the team facility Wednesday morning due to friction with Marathe. He left for a period of time to attend to a personal (non-49ers) matter and returned in time for that afternoon’s 11-on-11 team drills, he said.
COWBOYS: The Cowboys still have not placed Tony Romo on the injured reserve. As long as they haven’t been eliminated from the playoffs, Romo will remain on the 53-man roster.
“Let’s just put it like this, we didn’t deactivate Tony for a reason, and that is if we should get to the playoffs then he would be available for us in the playoffs,” Dallas owner Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan’s G-Bag Nation show (KRLD-FM). “I’m speaking for myself. Jason Garrett, of course, would be the ultimate decision-maker, but one of the reasons we thought (about) using a roster spot is so that he could be available for the playoffs.”
Although the 3-8 Cowboys are only two games back in the NFC East standings, they’ve been unable to win any of their seven games without Romo under center.