Morgan Burnett is turning into Clay Matthews with all of his injury tweaks.
The Green Bay Packers pulled Burnett out of practice on Friday after he aggravated the calf injury that kept him out of the team’s week 1 game.
The severity of the injury wasn’t known.
“Morgan Burnett just felt something on his calf, so obviously with the history there we pulled him out of practice. We’ll see how he feels today,” coach Mike McCarthy said this morning.
“I think any time you’re coming off a previous injury and you feel something, it’s a natural response.”
If Burnett is sidelined for Monday night’s game with Kansas City, that could significantly impact the Packers’ run defense.
Without Burnett in week 1, the Packers gave up nearly 200 yards rushing to Chicago. With him in week 2 — although they couldn’t stop the read option — they held Marshawn Lynch to just 41.
We’re not suggesting Burnett was entirely responsible for that improvement, but his presence didn’t hurt matters. He’s significantly better in run defense than backup Micah Hyde.
The good news for the Packers comes on the offensive side of the ball, where both Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams practiced on a limited basis on Friday. Both players suffered ankle injuries in week 2.