GREEN BAY, Wis. — Running back Eddie Lacy exited the Packers’ home opener with a concussion after what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit by Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather.
Later, Meriweather left Sunday’s game, too, with his own concussion following another hard-hitting play.
Lacy, a former Dutchtown standout, was trying to lunge for extra yardage on a 10-yard gain in the first quarter when he got hurt.
It was his longest run in the brief NFL career of the second-round pick out of Alabama.
Meriweather was making his season debut after sitting out last week’s 33-27 loss to the Eagles with a groin injury.
He wasn’t on the field long, leaving after making another apparent helmet-to-helmet tackle in the second quarter on a 20-yard gain by Lacy’s replacement, James Starks.
FLA. STATION EXPLAINS WHY IT’S AIRING TEAM’S GAMES: In Orlando, Fla., an Orlando television station has issued an on-air explanation for why it’s airing the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars while many NFL fans probably would have preferred seeing the Denver Broncos-New York Giants game, a possible Super Bowl preview featuring the Peyton and Eli Manning.
WKMG TV issued the scrolled message on Sunday. It read that NFL policy states the station must carry all Jaguars away games. At the end the message said: “We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Viewers then took to Twitter to remark on what many saw as an apology from the station.
But WKMG Vice President and General Manager Skip Valet said the arrangement is nothing new.
He said for nearly two decades Orlando has been designated the secondary Jaguars market and has carried all the away games. As he put it: “I know it’s frustrating, but as a CBS station in this market, you have to carry the away games.”
The Jaguars scored an NFL-low 2 points last week and are coming off the worst season in franchise history. They have missed the playoffs 11 of the last 13 years.