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One day after hundreds of sports fans and media members took shots at Eddie Lacy after an unflattering photo of him went viral, the former Alabama running back, his coach and Green Bay Packers teammates all took their turns at striking down the negativity.
Lacy and the Packers were off Monday, but he was one of the hottest trending topics on Twitter because of this photo, which was posted on the Packers' official website after Sunday's practice.
Most other photos of Lacy -- particularly this one of him riding a bicycle -- show that he hasn't changed all that much since he was carrying the ball for Alabama in the BCS National Championship. Tiffany Outlet This Vine video posted by ESPNWisconsin.com reporter Jason Wilde quickly defused any thought that Lacy showed up to training camp wildly out of shape.
Lacy didn't respond in the immediate aftermath of the Twitter firestorm, but he couldn't avoid the questions after Tuesday's practice, one that Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Tyler Dunne described as Lacy's best with the Packers.
"It is what it is," Lacy, who weighed 231 pounds at Alabama's Pro Day in April, told reporters in Green Bay. "It's something for people to talk about I guess, but that's not my business. I'm here to play football, and that's what I'm doing.
"I'm at a weight where I'm comfortable at, and the coaching staff feels as though they're comfortable where I'm at ... So as far as that's concerned, we're all on the same page."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that Lacy passed his conditioning test and "definitely falls in the category of big back."
"If we had any concern about any guys they wouldn't be on the field," McCarthy said.Nike Free
Defensive end Mike Daniels also came to Lacy's defense with a bit of a humorous take.
"I'll tell you what, when defenses see him and see his tape, they say, 'The bigger they are, the harder they're bringing that wood when they're coming downhill,'" Daniels told the Journal-Sentinel. "They're not looking at it laughing. They're looking at it like, 'Crap.' The people who know, they're looking at that like, 'That boy has some weight to him. He ain't going to go down easy."
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