Hey, what’s new?! Nothing when it comes to the Green Bay Packers missing important players. They’re currently missing two in their secondary — cornerback Kevin King and safety Morgan Burnett.
Neither has practiced yet this week.
King is in concussion protocol after going down early in the first quarter against Dallas. And just because he isn’t practicing now, doesn’t mean he won’t make the game. However, he will have to clear all the hurdles associated with that.
Burnett is dealing with, wait for it… a hamstring injury! Did you know Green Bay is the hamstring injury capital of the world?
Burnett is one of the leaders of the defense, but the Packers would probably prefer he sat if they had to choose between the two.
One, the team has plenty of depth at safety with Josh Jones, Kentrell Brice and Marwin Evans. Both Jones and Evans have seen substantial playing time this season. Two, the cornerback depth chart no longer looks so strong.
You’ve got Davon House, who has been injury-prone this year; followed by Damarious Randall, Josh Hawkins and Quinten Rollins. The latter has been an unmitigated disaster when he’s played. What happens if one of these guys goes down during the game? Enter undrafted rookie Lenzy Pipkins?
Fortunately, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum doesn’t throw anything other than check-downs to the running back or tight end. It isn’t that doesn’t want to, he just isn’t capable.
That said, we’ve seen the Packers’ secondary make the Vikings’ passing game look just tremendous in the past.