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Please Remain Sidelined, Morgan Burnett

Morgan Burnett

Safety Morgan Burnett will not be playing when the Green Bay Packers face the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. He’s got an oblique strain, which he suffered on Monday.

That injury has also kept him out of practice all week. Burnett also missed several days during the first week of camp with an ankle injury.

And you know what that means.

The two guys everyone wants to see playing safety for the Green Bay Packers — Micah Hyde and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix — will get to play safety for the Packers!

Barring anything unforeseen, it’s beginning to look like Hyde is going to be a starter. And that’s great. He’s a playmaker and the Packers have too few of those on defense.

If he’s healthy, Burnett is going to be the other starter regardless of how he plays, because Mike has already made up his mind and Ted has already paid him handsomely.

But injuries have a way of taking these decisions out of the coaching staff’s hands, don’t they? Maybe instead of losing a guy they actually need, the Packers could lose a guy who just plain sucks.

Like Morgan Burnett! Or A.J. Hawk!

Then they won’t have to look foolish for benching a guy they insist is a starter but really isn’t and/or admitting the mistake of paying him a ton of money that he clearly doesn’t deserve.

So like Bob Slydell said, it’ll just work itself out naturally.

Seriously, we’re not wishing injury on anyone. It’s just maddening that the Packers won’t make this an open competition. With Hyde more than likely to be a starter, what did you draft Clinton-Dix for?

To stash him on the bench as your secret weapon?

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. Chad Lundberg August 7, 2014

    I seriously hope last season was a fluke for Burnett, but I just can’t make myself believe that. The guy has been playing for too long now to have had that.

    Either 1, he’s benefited from playing with other great DB’s and it hid how bad he actually is.

    Or 2, considering that for him to play well he usually got injured, he’s the new A.J. Hawk. Probably talented, but only gives a half-ass effort because he knows he can just milk his contract.

    I don’t see a comeback coming from this dude.

  2. Wisconsinfan August 7, 2014

    When was this picture taken? I can’t recall him ever having the ball in his hands

    1. Kato August 7, 2014

      I think he recovered a fumble in one of the games last year.

    2. T. Jervey August 8, 2014

      I spit my water after that comment Wisconsinfan.

  3. JE August 7, 2014

    Anyone who STILL thinks Aj Hawk sucks needs to get real and watch some tape.

    #neverplayed a down in your life.

    1. Kato August 7, 2014

      I agree. He isnt spectacular and definitely didnt live up to the hype of a number one overall pick, but he is still a solid starter.

    2. Chad Lundberg August 7, 2014

      All the people who watch the tape have told me that Hawk seriously underperforms, always holding back so as not to get injured.

    3. C.C. August 7, 2014

      Hawk smokes donkey pole, and so does your comment..

    4. GBslacker August 8, 2014

      A big sign you suck…
      …You re-negotiate your salary.

      A big sign you suck…
      …you don’t make impact plays, even when fat-asses are eating blockers in front of you. Just check the gamebooks from the last few years — many games per season Hawk has “goose-eggs” in the following categories: SK, TFL, QH, IN, PD, FF, FR.

      A big sign you suck…
      …you stand somebody up, instead of putting him on the ground.

      A big sign you suck…
      …the tackles you do make cede huge yardage.

      It’s not just me.
      It’s not just others on this board.
      National beat writers discuss his slowness, his inability to fend off lead blockers and his inadequacy in pass coverage.

      He’s relatively injury-free, which makes him available. He’s been able to convert that into multiple seasons and playing experience.
      He’s serviceable. And that’s it.

  4. Nacho Libre August 7, 2014

    This pic was taken in the promising 2011 season against Duh Bears. As you can tell Burnett is still rocking the dreads…

  5. the real russ letlow August 8, 2014

    HHCD, Hyde, Richardson, Burnett, Banjo…who would’ve thought we would have all of these options at safety this year? Really glad to see Richardson is fully recovered and playing well.

  6. Skinny August 8, 2014

    If Richardson does it during games its going to be tough to not have him starting with Hyde this year.

  7. John Denver's Gavel August 12, 2014

    Morgan Burnett, Get off My plane!