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Burnett's rookie season will be a lost one.

Green Bay Packers starting safety Morgan Burnett will be lost for the year with a torn ACL.

Burnett suffered the injury early in the Packers victory over the Detroit Lions, on Sunday, and played around 10 snaps before coming off the field. He was replaced by Derrick Martin.

The injury is a blow to a Packers defense that gave up more than 400 yards to the Lions and is already somewhat thin at safety.

Behind Burnett is Charlie Peprah, who was held out of the Lions game with an injury, and Martin. Peprah has a total of 27 tackles in his five-year career and Martin isn’t much more than a special teams player.

Cornerback Jarrett Bush, who has played well this season, also has some experience at safety, but it isn’t his natural position.

One potential ray of hope is Atari Bigby, who is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list after week six. Bigby, who had ankle surgery in the summer, could probably be ready to play by week eight if he’s healthy enough.

That, of course, is a big if. Bigby hasn’t participated in a single practice or game since last season.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Cody October 4, 2010

    FUCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK!! Man that sucks big time…why does the knee injury bug seem to hit the Pack so hard? I’m hoping Peprah can step it up for at least two games. Gotta pray Bigby is ready to roll after week 7 and is a little hungry after essentially losing his starting position to a rookie. C’mon Bigby, play like I know you can and stop missing tackles by laying the wood!

  2. Abe Frohman October 4, 2010

    Holy crap are you being nice, Monty – safety is not Jarrett Bush’s natural position? What is his “natural” position? Bending over and grabbing his ankles as he’s abused by anyone and everyone. (although yesterday I believe he was not as terrible as he’s been)

    Burnett seemed to be doing just fine. This is a huge blow and it pisses me off.

  3. Adam October 4, 2010

    The transition might not be that rough depending on how far along Al Harris is in his recovery. He’ll be able to come off the PUP list on week 6 as well, and if he’s ready to play Tramon can shift to the other side and Woodson can fill in at safety. I’m sure Al will have some considerable rust to shake off though.

  4. Backer October 4, 2010

    It’s that stupid turf they put in a couple years ago. Real grass with synthetic fibers stiched in. More like real grass with cleats stuck in. Ask Al Harris he’ll tell you. He said his cleat stuck, and the rest of his body kept going.

  5. iltarion October 4, 2010

    Yeah, this is a blow as it obviously sets Burnett’s growth back. Frankly, he wasn’t playing that well so far, and Martin is probably a little better than him for now. This definitely puts the onus back on Bigby and gives him a second chance in GB. Does he really want it is the question.

  6. Cody October 4, 2010

    Hey Monty, did you happen to see that sheep-raping mulleted ass-clown can’t do his I-have-less-than-an-IQ-of-20 celebration anymore? Gave me a great chuckle reading up on that. Not that we’ve seen it much this season with his pathetic ONE sack…but I thought you and anyone on this site would get a kick out of it.

  7. vj October 4, 2010

    this is not so bad we may have our original starting defensive backfield from a couple of years ago