The Green Bay Packers lackluster secondary might be without starting safety Morgan Burnett for the third straight week, according to coach Mike McCarthy.
“He’s just not ready,” McCarthy said. “Not quite there. I don’t know about this week, either.”
Burnett missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury on Sunday, even though he practiced all last week. It seems like, at this point, the Packers are being overly cautious with Burnett. He was given some phantom test on Saturday and it was then determined he wouldn’t play this week.
“It’s just a game plan we go by with the training staff and I go with their instructions,” Burnett said.
Without Burnett, the Packers’ opponents have piled up some huge numbers through the air. In week one, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for 412 yards, with 208 of those going to Anquan Boldin. By comparison, Seattle held those two guys to 127 and 7 yards, respectively, last night.
Yesterday, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards, with 143 going to Pierre Garcon.
Clearly, the Packers secondary hasn’t been very good without Burnett and next week they face the best receiver they’ll see in the first three weeks, in Cincinnati’s A.J. Green.
If there’s any good news, it’s that the Packers have bye in week four and should have both Burnett and cornerback Casey Hayward back when they return.