Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy weighed 234 pounds last season. During the team’s training camp last summer, he reportedly weighed 242 pounds.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy does not want Lacy to play at this weight this season.
To Lacy’s credit, he has looked slimmer since the end of the season. But as the Packers progress into training camp, they will be closely monitoring Lacy’s body.
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To determine the effects of Lacy’s weight loss, the Packers will use a DXA scan, a type of x-ray technology that reads body composition. Body composition is a way to measure the effectiveness of a weight loss program more accurately than simply looking at a person’s body weight. The scan is like an MRI in that the player lies on a platform and slides into a machine.
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A standard scale measures only pounds, but a DXA scan measures muscle, fat and bone mass for every area of a player’s body, providing a more well-rounded view of where he is physically. The scan doesn’t let a player hide behind his weight. For example, if a player weighed the same but exchanged muscle mass for fat, the DXA scan would reveal that.
Lacy rushed for 758 yards and three touchdowns last season, his worst as a pro. With the Packers looking to help Lacy get back in shape, maybe the former Alabama running back can return to blowing by linebackers and breaking tackles.
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