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Morgan Burnett Is a "Long Shot" to Play Against Bengals

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Morgan Burnett Is a "Long Shot" to Play Against Bengals

The Green Bay Packers saw up close and personal what can happen when a player comes back from a hamstring injury too soon.

That was the case with cornerback Casey Hayward during the preseason.

After pulling his hamstring while training on his own during the offseason, Hayward made a comeback in time for the team's third preseason game back on Aug. 23.

Hayward played 10 snaps against the Seattle Seahawks and had to be shut down after aggravating his pre-exisiting injury. He hasn't been back since.

As of Thursday, Hayward has already been ruled out for the Packers' Week 3 game at the Cincinnati Bengals, and Burnett could join him.

"He's coming along," said head coach Mike McCarthy. "It's not the progress I'm sure that Morgan wants. I think he's going to be a long shot this week."

Burnett actually went from practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday to not practicing at all on Thursday.

Rather than having a setback, it would appear the Packers have all but made up their mind on Burnett, choosing to withhold him from this Sunday's game.

With the earliest bye week in the NFL this season, the Packers know Burnett will be able to get some extra time off and hopefully be available to face the Detroit Lions back at Lambeau Field in Week 5.

What they'll be missing in the meantime is a reliable player in the secondary able to help bracket dangerous Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, one of the best threats in the league.

The Packers will have to get by with some combination of M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian and Chris Banjo. And with Banjo playing an increased role against Washington this past Sunday, he could be in line for even more playing time coming up.

It will be no easy task for the Packers to play on the road against one of the better teams in the AFC, but from all appearances they'll have to persevere for one more game without two of the best players in their defensive backfield.

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Drealyn Williams's picture

looks like we'll be leaning heavily on our offense to pull off this victory. we must start off quick.

some guy's picture

at what point is it acknowledged that the medical staff is below average at managing injuries.

its been a month. how can they be so poor at their jobs?

The TKstinator's picture

Maybe they're just not trying. Maybe they don't care. Maybe they've got long term contracts and have all gotten fat and lazy.

Maybe they're trying too hard. Maybe they care too much. Maybe they're on one year deals and are scared to death to be over aggressive and make a mistake with the million dollar commodities that current day NFL players are.

I have two perfectly healthy hamstrings. Perhaps some kind of "black market" organ transplant deal could be arranged.

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Doug In Sandpoint's picture

I had two healthy hamstrings but I just tweaked one reading that. I also strained something in my hip last Sunday just laying on the couch watching the game. Given my injury history I could probably get a job with the Pack?

C's picture

The Packers list is on par with the rest of the league:

The league is reporting upward of 50 players that have hamstring, generalized 'leg' injury or some 'undisclosed' injury.

some guy's picture

don't Hayward, Burnett, Bush and Kuhn currently have hammy/leg issues? sounds to me like the packers have 3X what most teams have...

its also a common injury on this team going back several years.

I'm not one to complain about freak injuries like ACL's or broken bones. stuff happens. but the number of pulled muscles that turn into being out for over a month is crazy for this team. Not to mention that they completely botched the Jennings injury last year and Morgan Burnett went from participating in practice 3 weeks ago to not even practicing yesterday. that's poor management of an injury. Then there's Hayward re-injuring himself. That's two re-injuries in the last month...

Any wonder why SO many players in the last two seasons have sought out second opinions for their injuries? Frankly, i think its because they don't have complete confidence in the staff here.

C's picture

Read the report week-to-week, every NFL team is dealing with the same issues. The NFL teams NOT dealing with leg and hamstring issues are the exceptions, not the rule.

Every teams fan base is saturated with instant news (because they follow it) and see consistant injury updates and bemoane their misfortune and ineptitude of their training/medical/theraputical staff.

some guy's picture

i understand each team deals with nicks and bruises and the occasional season-ender. totally agree. And many fans whine and complain that fate has somehow doomed them.

But you can't deny the numbers. worst last year, and in 2010. average in 2011.

My concern is how prevalent seemingly minor stuff simply lingers. and lingers.

C's picture

a.) neither of these links do anything for your rampant 'hamstring' arguement.

b.) both reference games lost. You realize theres 32 between Quarless and Sherrod in each of those years alone, right? And neither have anything to do with training, preparation or treatment, right?

Of course you do.

Al Katraz's picture

At what point does the el cheapo Packers bring in outside experts to evaluate the conditioning program. Watching the scrimmage this Spring I noticed the two trainers looked young and inexperienced. Probably came cheap.

C's picture

Troll someone else with your nonsense, Al. Don't bother engaging me.

some guy's picture

C, apparently you can't read:

With that bit of groveling out of the way, it's time to once again present Football Outsiders' Adjusted Games Lost (AGL) totals for the recently completed season. For any new readers out there, AGL is our metric that quantifies how much teams were affected by injuries, and is based on two fundamental ideas: (1) Injuries to starters, injury replacements, and important situational reserves impact a team more than injuries to bench warmers; and (2) Injury effects should be adjusted for whether or not a player was out, doubtful, questionable, or probable. Although this should go without saying, higher AGLs are worse than lower AGLs.

Here's 2010

But Apparently only the packers have backups out for the entire season and that skews the numbers... get an effing clue then come back.

Defensealltheway's picture

Power rankings for the pack at 16.. That was before tonight's kc game. With no lacy..running game..o line suspect at best..defense a shambles.. With no pro bowling defensive backs.. Gonna be a long year..pack 28.. Cin.. is on the road.

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look, cow42 is back

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