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Packers' Morgan Burnett out for season with torn ACL

The Green Bay Packers have taken a hit in the secondary.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at his news conference today that safety Morgan Burnett is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

McCarthy said he thinks Burnett played in a few series after suffering the injury.

The 21-year-old Burnett, a rookie out of Georgia Tech, had started all four games this season for the Packers.

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  1. Pervy xx says: Oct 4, 2010 1:46 PM

    So who gets to replace him and get murdered by Favre?? A crappy D just got crappier….

  2. Bill In DC says: Oct 4, 2010 1:47 PM

    and that’s an area the Packers didn’t need to be taking a hit either.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Oct 4, 2010 1:55 PM

    That sucks another starter out for the year. It could have been someone else which would have made it much worse.

  4. mrcmos says: Oct 4, 2010 1:57 PM

    Rro..Rro
    Let’s start chumming the waiver wire, etc. for a replacement. TT, now go out and get a safety and Running Back. STAT!!
    If GB doesn’t do something with this roster now rather than later they will be one and done in the Post Season again. If they make it that far.

  5. Rodgers4President says: Oct 4, 2010 1:59 PM

    Ouch.
    Still making the playoffs with division title or wild-card. Here’s to hoping derrick martin or charlie peprah are ready for the spotlight for a few weeks. Thanks goodness we get atari bigby back!

  6. DublinDemons says: Oct 4, 2010 2:02 PM

    Well Pack fans Vikes Fan hear, no I’m not going to laugh at your misfortune. Hope this isn’t a setback, because the Purple wants your best game, but see if you can get Lynch from Buffalo. Vikings will sweep the division, Packers are good, but we will beat them again, again. Lions are improving, maybe in 2012. Bears have been exposed. Cutler headache aside can’t handle play in the NFC North!

  7. MuskyHunter2542 says: Oct 4, 2010 2:03 PM

    Hopfully Atari will be back in 2 weeks

  8. Beer Cheese Soup says: Oct 4, 2010 2:05 PM

    Well, that’s just lovely.
    Fellow Pack fans: Do not kid yourselves. This is a major setback.
    Don’t expect Ted to go out and trade for a proven player at what was already a weak position on the team BEFORE two players went out with injuries however. He always likes to keep the ship on the same course, even if that course is “downward”.
    Who’s our starting safety now then? Hopefully not Derrick Martin or Jarrett Bush…

  9. sand0 says: Oct 4, 2010 2:07 PM

    As the Vikings finally are getting somewhat healthy the Bears and Packers are suffering injuries and general suckages.
    Pretty good bye week for the Vikes all considered. Bears and Packers both look very, very vulnerable right now.

  10. ACDC84 says: Oct 4, 2010 2:11 PM

    Ouch. Two big injuries in four games. I thought the guy was playing extremely well for a rookie. Thankfully Bigby will be back before we play any prolific offenses.
    TT has got to find a RB. Jackson is a 3rd down back, and Kuhn is not the answer. I would love to see GB trade for one of the Carolina backs. Their team is going nowhere and one of those two will be gone before next year anyways. If it takes trading a #1 pick, well, that’s what it takes. If the Packers are serious about making a SB run it’d be worth it.

  11. youboettcha says: Oct 4, 2010 2:14 PM

    Good thing the packers have good (not great) Atari Bigby on the PUP, who will be back in two weeks.
    Also on the PUP is RB James Starks, who hopefully can become the Packers version of Terrell Davis (6th round pick), or maybe Samkon Gado, or Ryan Grant when he was a first year player. This happens all the time with the running game. Someone emerges eventually.

  12. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 4, 2010 2:17 PM

    That’s a horrible thing to hear, best of luck on the recovery.

  13. CsanBoySmith says: Oct 4, 2010 2:17 PM

    How is all lost in Packerland Up, Down, Up, Down Left, Right, Left, Right A, B, Select Start?
    The Pack is 2 and half games up on your pitiful franchise? We lost a Rookie and will be getting back the starter at that same position (Bigby) just in time for Favre-a-pa-looz-a.
    Besides, Detroit took all three of it’s NFC North opponents to the wire, including your pitiful franchise.
    Pitiful franchise. Very Poorly Run pitiful franchise.

  14. CM3stud says: Oct 4, 2010 2:20 PM

    Where’s LeRoy Butler when you need him!!

  15. NoRingsForYou says: Oct 4, 2010 2:21 PM

    Pervy xx says:
    So who gets to replace him and get murdered by Favre?? A crappy D just got crappier….
    Favre might not be alive after the Jets abuse him like the Giants did Cutler.

  16. Saintsarebest says: Oct 4, 2010 2:22 PM

    that is so sad to have a promising young player have his season get cut short. i was looking forward to seeing him get steamrolled by the siants in the playoffs.

  17. der6495 says: Oct 4, 2010 2:22 PM

    The Patriots showed in 2004 that you can win a Super Bowl with a shaky patchwork secondary (WRs playing CB and LBs playing S). But they had a great front 7.
    If Clay Matthews isn’t getting pressure on the QB, you see the secondary gets picked apart regularly. Happened last year and will continue to happen this year.
    Hopefully Al Harris and Atari Bigby come back off the PUP list on time to help sure up the back of that defense.

  18. Supersuckers2 says: Oct 4, 2010 2:23 PM

    Pervy xx says:
    October 4, 2010 1:46 PM
    So who gets to replace him and get murdered by Favre?? A crappy D just got crappier….
    —————
    Take it easy Whig. We have Bigby coming back soon.

  19. Dial-A-Cliche says: Oct 4, 2010 2:24 PM

    Time to raid another team’s practice squad…

  20. Sumeria says: Oct 4, 2010 2:28 PM

    If and I mean if Al Harris is back to form, this isn’t that big of a blow.
    Oh, and of course, a healthy Bigby would help. too.
    Still, a healthy Harris would make the biggest difference.
    Woodson can play and has played Safety for us. If Harris can take Woodson’s spot, and or Sam Shields takes another step forward, this secondary won’t be back.
    Additionally, Anthony Levine was a nice find and is on the PS.
    Vike fans should worry about their own pitiful squad that is about to be 1-3.

  21. SJ Apollo says: Oct 4, 2010 2:29 PM

    I think its funny that all offseason, the Viking fans were ripping on Grant for being a crappy back and referring to a defense so bad that it had to start a “3rd round pick” in the awful secondary. Now Grant and Burnett are out and Viking fans are acting like the wheels have come off and the Packer season is over. Losing Burnett hurts, but they do get Bigby back in a few weeks. He’s not the best safety in the world, but he is decent. RB is more of a concern because Jackson is not cutting it.

  22. jamesz23 says: Oct 4, 2010 2:33 PM

    Pretty good bye week for the Vikes all considered. Bears and Packers both look very, very vulnerable right now.
    Yeah its great to have a week 4 bye when your QB is 41 years old and already talking about how this is the most tired he’s ever been at this point in the season.

  23. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 4, 2010 2:35 PM

    Gotta love Viqueens fans and their false hope.
    Newsflash: The Viqueens aren’t good, and even with the injuries the Packers are still better.

  24. Contra says: Oct 4, 2010 2:37 PM

    And, as with the Ryan Grant injury, im sure Packer fans will claim that this is no big deal at all and that the Packers will move on and still ‘dominate’.

  25. Neverend says: Oct 4, 2010 2:53 PM

    Ouch!
    Now the Packers only have 2 credible starting defensive backs. The rest of them shouldn’t even be starting in this league. Sam Shields? LOL
    Sad part is, their defensive coordinator will continue blitzing all day like a nut job thinking his secondary can actually hold up.

  26. DocBG says: Oct 4, 2010 2:54 PM

    Detroit almost beats the packers, does (basically) beat the bears, and gets pwned by the vikings, and yet the packer fans still run their mouths…
    granted, vikes lost to the 2-1 phins and 2-1 saints, but against common opponents, we clearly have the edge.
    the vikes will finish either 10-6 or 11-5 and win the division.
    Packers preseason championship means nothing.

  27. gregjennings says: Oct 4, 2010 2:56 PM

    Contra says:
    And, as with the Ryan Grant injury, im sure Packer fans will claim that this is no big deal at all and that the Packers will move on and still ‘dominate’.
    Yes we will, because that’s what FANS do!!! They support their team and stay optimistic. They have faith in their team’s players. We’re not fair weather fans and only ride the band wagon when things are going good. Good God, get a clue.

  28. Dial-A-Cliche says: Oct 4, 2010 2:56 PM

    No more easy schedule.
    Starting this Sunday, the Packers will be playing good teams – can’t wait to hear the excuses when the losses mount.

  29. Ralph says: Oct 4, 2010 2:58 PM

    *The Pack is 2 and half games up on your pitiful franchise?*
    What a maroon. The difference between 3-1 and 1-2 is a game and a half.
    The Lions game against the Bears and Packers were similar in that the Lions were on the verge of pulling both games out at the end. At the end of their game with the Vikings they were on the verge of being buried.
    I’m very disappointed to hear about the injury. Seems to be an awful lot of injuries in a year where they’re talking about increasing the number of games. The Packers lost a talented rookie for the year and the hopes of having any real depth when Bigsby comes back.
    Here’s hoping all our teams get healthy quick.

  30. 1mge says: Oct 4, 2010 2:59 PM

    Vikings 1-2
    Packers 3-1

  31. purpleguy says: Oct 4, 2010 2:59 PM

    Tough break — it sucks when young players mees up their knees. Does this mean us Viking fans are going to have to chuckle while watching Atari Bigby run around like a chicken with his head cut off for the rest of the season? With the next 4 games the Vikes have to play, unfortunately, we’ll probaby be stuck in the Packer’s rear view mirror until December.

  32. wd40 says: Oct 4, 2010 3:03 PM

    It’s going to be a shootout in DC!

  33. vikesmakesmudducksdumb says: Oct 4, 2010 3:05 PM

    pervy xx = delusional knob
    Contra = Clueless MUDDUCK
    MN Vikes = LA Vikes
    Favre = Injured Reserve after Monday night
    Vikes = No super Bowl Victories -EVER

  34. Dom Capers says: Oct 4, 2010 3:17 PM

    gotta love pervys opportunism at favre being able to do anything against any defense

  35. LBPACKFAN says: Oct 4, 2010 3:24 PM

    Contra -
    …just like Vikes fan saying “we will be fine” without 1 year star Sidney Rice. (at least I heard plenty of it)

  36. Pervy xx says: Oct 4, 2010 3:26 PM

    @ Superslurper……Bigby??? LOL Ohhhh,we shaking in MN now…..
    Man, if I were a Pack fan I would start drinking heavily….you made Detroit look like an offensive power house….Rodgers loves to get scared and throw picks…..Your coach is a dolt…..Rodgers skips like a girl after a good play….your running game is a big fat ZERO…..Favre hates you and wants to destroy you…
    But hey…there is a bright spot.In the last US Cheese Contest WI took 41 Best of Class (64 percent of Best of Class Awards) – more than five times as many as any other state. See…you guys are good at something!!

  37. Majik Bullet says: Oct 4, 2010 3:36 PM

    CsanBoySmith says: October 4, 2010 2:17 PM
    Besides, Detroit took all three of it’s NFC North opponents to the wire, including your pitiful franchise.
    ______________
    I love how Packer fans keep saying how a game in which the Lions never got closer than 14 points throughout the final 20 minutes came “down to the wire.”
    Stop trying to make yourselves feel better about the near loss to Detroit by saying the Lions “almost” beat the Vikes. In what world is leading by 2 TD’s the entire 4th quarter considered a close game? I guess Buffalo “almost” beat GB as well, the Packers only had a 2 TD lead in the 3rd quarter.

  38. Sumeria says: Oct 4, 2010 3:42 PM

    @Contra…
    You’re staring 1-3 down the barrel that could very easily turn to 1-6.
    By all means, celebrate the team being better than you coming back to the pack through injuries… but I don’t know that it’ll matter much if/when you’re 1-6.
    All smack aside, I can’t see better than 2-5 from you through 7 games.

  39. Ambrose says: Oct 4, 2010 3:47 PM

    This is no big deal at all. The Packers will move on and still dominate.

  40. badfish69 says: Oct 4, 2010 3:47 PM

    And they want to add two games to the schedule?

  41. treeman says: Oct 4, 2010 4:04 PM

    Ever notice how you never see a Bears or Lions fan crowing on here when a Packer gets hurt? Only the Vikings have a fan base has such low class chuds. Think about it. You can look all over PFT, and the rest of the internet for that matter, and this is the only place you’ll find a Pervy, Contra, a Dial a Clueless.
    Pervy XX Chromosome is usually the first one to post on a Packer thread. And they don’t even post on Viking threads!
    My theory is a serial psychopath roaming Minnesota with a Don Majkowski jersey on broke into their homes and raped their mothers while they were forced to watch. There’s no other explanation. Explains the Favre worship as well.

  42. Ruvell200 says: Oct 4, 2010 4:05 PM

    Not good. Not good at all. Martin is serviceable, but Burnett had the makings of becoming a real playmaker. Hopefully Bigby comes back as the Bigby of 07 and not of 08.

  43. Supersuckers2 says: Oct 4, 2010 4:17 PM

    “Favre hates you and wants to destroy you”
    ——————
    Favre doesn’t even want to be there you dumb whig!

  44. Contra says: Oct 4, 2010 4:23 PM

    I cant see the Packers winning a game within the next 4 weeks.

  45. Calistin says: Oct 4, 2010 4:31 PM

    Bad news. Good teams overcome injuries. The Saints were signing guys off the street last year.
    Packers have Bigby coming back and 2 pro bowlers in their secondary to help any new guys.
    Injuries happen.

  46. JimmySmith says: Oct 4, 2010 4:33 PM

    I actually enjoy reading the CryQueen fan’s comments, granted, they know little about football but that was well known before this post on Burnett.
    I especially love how they take one game out of the entire season and project from there, ie, they beat the Lions and so did the Packers but because the Packer game was closer, somehow that translates into the Vikings being a better team.
    The fact of the matter is that every team will suffer injuries and a key to the season is not to suffer them at the same position. Let’s get down the road a bit before we start claiming a Superbowl, and let’s see how the Vikings deal with their WR’s, Hank Baskett is not exactly keeping teams up at night trying to figure out how to stop them.

  47. footballrulz says: Oct 4, 2010 4:45 PM

    Bad, bad news. These guys need to go back to wearing knee pads or something. Way too many of these injuries league wide.
    Tough parts of the schedule coming up for both Vikes & Pack. Let’s see what happens. I’d say it depends more on which coach makes the stupidest move more so that which players are on the field. Neither one of them appears to be a genius. The way to beat the Pack appears to be to have a good outside running game and throw dinks & donks in the middle of the field after Hawk let’s it get clear.
    Beat the Vike by keeping AD in check (as much as possible) & pressure on Favre. Getting an early lead is a huge plus.
    Both teams have their faults–actually, no one really seems dominate at this point. We’ll see….
    OK, more smack talk now…..

  48. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Oct 4, 2010 4:51 PM

    i agree with beer cheese soup that this is a major setback and packasaurass ted is too cheap to sign any decent replacements.

  49. JustTheFacts says: Oct 4, 2010 4:59 PM

    Awww crap!
    It’s next man up I guess but who will be that next man? No one great or promising.
    Pervy, I don’t know what you are doing but quit playing with that voodoo doll dressed as a Packer. Just kidding. Trying to keep you happy getting your name mentioned without someone wanting to pick a fight with you.
    When the Packers went to back-to-back Super Bowls they were mostly healthy but did run into a couple of injuries that were covered up by vets that knew how to play instead of getting thrown to the wolves. This year looks to be no different.
    Except for that whole Super Bowl thing. All I can hope for now is the offense can outscore the other team. Time will tell.

  50. Flvikesfan says: Oct 4, 2010 4:59 PM

    If Atari can’t make it back maybe his little brother Colecovision can start…they wonder why we make fun of them.

  51. badfish69 says: Oct 4, 2010 4:59 PM

    # treeman says: October 4, 2010 4:04 PM
    Ever notice how you never see a Bears or Lions fan crowing on here when a Packer gets hurt? Only the Vikings have a fan base has such low class chuds. Think about it. You can look all over PFT, and the rest of the internet for that matter, and this is the only place you’ll find a Pervy, Contra, a Dial a Clueless.
    —————————————————–
    It is because Bear and Lion fans on here actually have class. They love their teams but respect the other teams who they share rivalries with. Now don’t get me wrong there are other football forums on the internet where Packer and Viking fans can have a rational conversation about football and are actually civil. I just seems this site attracts the losers. Most likely because it lightly moderated and their drivel can slip through fairly easily.
    I actually give the most credit to Lions fans. With all the losing they have seen their team endure, they still stick by them. Could you imagine if the Vikings went 0-16? There would be like 2000 people in that stadium every game.

  52. Pervy xx says: Oct 4, 2010 4:59 PM

    vikesmakesmudducksdumb says:
    October 4, 2010 3:05 PM
    pervy xx = delusional knob
    ===================================
    Oh well…your girl says my knob is the best part of me…..

  53. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Oct 4, 2010 5:20 PM

    sand0 says: October 4, 2010 2:07 PM
    As the Vikings finally are getting somewhat healthy the Bears and Packers are suffering injuries and general suckages.
    Pretty good bye week for the Vikes all considered. Bears and Packers both look very, very vulnerable right now.
    **********
    sand0, i agree except i think they look very, very, very, VERY vulnerable right now especially the pckers. when i heard the horrible news i felt physically sick at the thought of more injuries to the pckers 2ndary and the thought of all my little pcker fan buddies having to endure more of bush on the field. well maybe not physically sick but very, very, very concerned and sympathetic toward all of the world’s little pcker fans.

  54. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Oct 4, 2010 5:31 PM

    Sumeria says: October 4, 2010 2:28 PM
    If and I mean if Al Harris is back to form, this isn’t that big of a blow.
    ***************
    Sumeria, all of us fans in the NFCN hope harris is able to come back but we have to be realistic, at his age and with the kind of injury he had, it’s very, very unlikely that will happen.
    as for bigby, he is sadly unable to cover anybody altho i think there was 1 year he was a good hitter, i can’t remember what year.
    i think that the pckers should definitely play out the season, there is absolutely no reason for them to just give up and stop playing at this point, and the league probly wouldn’t even allow it anyhow. we just all need to be realistic about our expectations for the pckers now.

  55. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Oct 4, 2010 5:36 PM

    if only the pckers had a real rb, or an o-line that was able to run block or pass block, or another pass rusher besides matthews, or lb’s that could cover over the middle, or a competent kick coverage unit, or punter, or coach, or a g.m. who was actually able to bring himself to spend money to improve the team when necessary, or a god that wasn’t apparently insistent on punishing the pckers for their treatment of brett favre… any of these things, an i might be able to offer some small morsel of encouragement about this latest setback…

  56. Majik Bullet says: Oct 4, 2010 6:13 PM

    Are Packer fans, the same bunch who wish injury and death upon the quarterback of the Vikings even to the point where they allude to his physical demise in their screen names, seriously calling out another fan base for talking about an injury that has already happened to a member of the Packers?
    From what I’ve seen, nobody is making light of the injury to the kid. Just ripping on the Packers in general, and Ted Thompson’s inability to field a roster with any depth whatsoever. And if you’re looking for Bigby to return as the savior, keep in mind that Burnett was slated as the starter before the Bigby injury. What does that say about the team’s faith in the guy when they planned on replacing him in the starting lineup with a guy they picked up int the 3rd round?

  57. badfish69 says: Oct 4, 2010 6:33 PM

    # Majik Bullet says: October 4, 2010 6:13 PM
    Are Packer fans, the same bunch who wish injury and death upon the quarterback of the Vikings even to the point where they allude to his physical demise in their screen names, seriously calling out another fan base for talking about an injury that has already happened to a member of the Packers?
    —————————————————
    I for one has never wished injury upon Brett Favre. I see stuff like that immature and stupid, but let’s not pretend it is only Packer fans that say that crap. I talk to NFL fans around the country on a pretty regular basis, and I have heard fans of all kinds of different teams say that stuff. In fact if I had to truly access the situation I would say for every NFL fan that respects him, there are three that hate his guts. Warranted? Probably not, but that’s what happens when people just get sick of hearing about the guy.

  58. Majik Bullet says: Oct 4, 2010 10:30 PM

    badfish
    I understand what you’re saying, but my point was that a Packer fan shouldn’t act so shocked and appalled when things like that are said, seeing as how a large amount of them willingly wish injury upon a player of another team.

  59. Ambrose says: Oct 5, 2010 10:04 AM

    Contra says:
    October 4, 2010 4:23 PM
    I can’t see the Packers winning a game within the next 4 weeks.
    ———————————————–
    Why, did you go blind?

  60. brodiego says: Oct 5, 2010 11:20 AM

    @JimmySmith
    CryQueens? Oh, how I loathe you, Tubbo.

  61. Rodgers4President says: Oct 5, 2010 2:07 PM

    Majik Bullet says:
    October 4, 2010 6:13 PM
    Are Packer fans, the same bunch who wish injury and death upon the quarterback of the Vikings even to the point where they allude to his physical demise in their screen names, seriously calling out another fan base for talking about an injury that has already happened to a member of the Packers?
    From what I’ve seen, nobody is making light of the injury to the kid. Just ripping on the Packers in general, and Ted Thompson’s inability to field a roster with any depth whatsoever. And if you’re looking for Bigby to return as the savior, keep in mind that Burnett was slated as the starter before the Bigby injury. What does that say about the team’s faith in the guy when they planned on replacing him in the starting lineup with a guy they picked up int the 3rd round?
    ——————————————————-
    The only reason Burnett was slated to start ahead of Bigby was because Bigby didn’t show up to mini-camps so Burnett was plugged in. Packers will probably go 2-2 over the next month of the season. I’m ok with that considering it would mean they are still at the top of the division.

  62. footballrulz says: Oct 5, 2010 5:07 PM

    Contra says:
    October 4, 2010 4:23 PM
    I can’t see the Packers winning a game within the next 4 weeks.
    ——————– ——————– ——-
    Why, did you go blind?
    _________________________________
    ROTFLMAO
    Nice one Ambrose!!!

  63. rcthe7th says: Oct 5, 2010 6:45 PM

    He’s not blind. He just has some objectivity about the Packers. Something their fans just can’t seem to do.

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