All signs point to Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett playing against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. However, there is still a possibility that his hamstring will flare up and he will be held out of the contest. There is no question his presence will play a big role in Week 2 after the Packers’ secondary surrendered 412 passing yards to the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener.
Safeties Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings allowed way too many deep plays to be converted in Week 1. Both players admitted after the game that too many mistakes were made, but unfortunately, there are no redo’s in the NFL. Allowing wide receiver Anquan Boldin (13 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown) and tight end Vernon Davis (six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns) to run amuck was absolutely ridiculous.
The Packers understand that Robert Griffin III and the Redskins will be no walk in the park, which is why they desperately need Burnett to be the last line of defense. His experience and leadership on the field is irreplaceable. It was obvious McMillian and Jennings were lost against the 49ers, and one has to wonder if Burnett’s presence in that game would have changed the outcome.
As of right now, Burnett will be a game-time decision.
“It’s better than last week,” Burnett said, according to Packers.com. “It’s improving, it’s getting there. We’re going to see how I feel tomorrow (Friday).
“I want to be out there so bad. I’m anxious to get out there and get the season started. But the trainers and guys there, they’re doing their job, so that’s why we have to play it by ear.”
The good news is the Packers fully expect him to play. At this point, they are more or less using every precaution so that no one gets their hopes up.