Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring) and offensive lineman Josh Sitton (back) are questionable for Sunday’s home opener versus the Washington Redskins, according to the team’s official injury report. Without Burnett last week, the Packers defensive secondary allowed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to compile a career-high 412 passing yards. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will be ready “whatever direction” they go at safety on Sunday against the Redskins, but McCarthy said he would preferably like to see Burnett on the field.
McCarthy has anointed Burnett as the “quarterback of the defense”, and losing a good player like him isn’t ever easy to replace. If Burnett is unable to play for the second consecutive week, McCarthy said rookie safety Chris Banjo could see playing time at safety in place of M.D. Jennings or Jerron McMillian.
Left guard Sitton, arguably the Packers’ best offensive lineman, has an “ongoing back injury,” according to McCarthy. The Packers switched Sitton and fellow veteran Bryan Bulaga to the left side of the offensive line after the 2012 season. Bulaga suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the team’s scrimmage in early August.
If Sitton is unable to play, right tackle Don Barclay would shift to left guard, and Marshall Newhouse would start at right tackle. The Packers left-side of the offensive line could be in trouble with Barclay, who is only in his second NFL season, and rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari.
Outside linebacker Perry sustained a stinger in his neck during practice this week, and but he will most likely play on Sunday. As a rookie last season, Perry recorded two sacks in six games before suffering a season-ending wrist injury. In 2012, All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews recorded eight of his 13 sacks when Perry was in the Packers’ lineup.
Tight end Jermichael Finley reportedly flew to Minneapolis earlier this week to receive a second opinion on a toe he injured against the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener. Finley’s injury was more of a precautionary measure, and he will play against Washington.
Cornerback Jarrett Bush (hamstring) is questionable and cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) is out for the second consecutive week. The Redskins and Packers kickoff at noon CST on FOX. Check your local listings for television coverage.
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