Packers’ Morgan Burnett Suffers Torn ACL
The Packers have lost another starting player to injury. Head coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that safety Morgan Burnett will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday’s win against the Detroit Lions.
Burnett, a rookie second-round draft choice, was an opening day starter at the safety position after incumbent Atari Bigby was placed on the PUP list with an ankle injury. Bigby has not played a down since last season’s playoff loss. Bigby is eligible to return to the field after week 6; however, the health of his ankle – not a date on a calendar – will determine when he is able to return.
Until Bigby is able to play, the Packers have a few different options. Following Burnett’s injury Sunday, Derrick Martin filled in and, as McCarthy put it, played “ok.” The other safety on the active roster is Charlie Peprah. Peprah, who has been fighting a thigh injury, hopes to resume practicing on Wednesday. McCarthy also said moving cornerback Jarrett Bush to safety was an option. A third choice could involve promoting Anthony Levine from the practice squad; however, McCarthy didn’t mention Levine’s name in his press conference.
Another name the McCarthy didn’t mention was cornerback-turned-safety, Will Blackmon. Blackmon was released when the team cut down to the mandatory 53 players on September 4. When Blackmon’s knee is fully healed, the team could look to re-sign him.
Of course, there is always the possibility of the Packers adding a player via free agency or from another team’s practice squad. Given Ted Thompson’s history, the team is most likely to promote from within rather than look to the outside for help.