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Asthma, not the Vikings, slowed down Packers running back Eddie Lacy during 26-26 tie

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was punishing the Minnesota Vikings defense so hard on Sunday, he was forced to catch his breath – literally.

Lacy left the game late in overtime after his asthma condition flared-up because of the 19-degree weather. Green Bay and Minnesota finished tied 26-26, while Lacy had 25 carries for 110 yards and one touchdown, plus added six receptions for 48 yards.

“It's worse in the winter time," Lacy told JSOnline.com. "I've had it since I was little. Sometimes it's worse than others."

Sundays’ weather was reportedly the coldest game ever for Lacy, who played in high school at Geismar, La., and in college at Alabama.

"And it's going to get worse, I think," he said while laughing during his interview with JSOnline.com.

Lacy joked because his team has two December games in Green Bay and another in Chicago. His respiratory condition is definitely going to be challenged this season, and throughout the running back’s career in Green Bay.

The Packers are relying heavily upon Lacy, who has 197 carries for 806 yards and six touchdowns this season. He has rushed for 100-or-more yards three times this season, and has registered at least 20 carries in seven games.

Lacy just may need time to catch his breath during outstanding performances in the winter.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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