GREEN BAY—The hamstring injuries sustained by safety Morgan Burnett and linebacker Brad Jones in Week 3 of the preseason might not be as healed as originally thought.
Burnett and Jones, who sat out the preseason finale last week but were not listed on the injury report all this week, were added on Friday and are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Burnett didn’t practice on Friday while Jones was limited in the final tune-up prior to the Packers’ trip to San Francisco.
“We’ll see how it goes. We’re being smart with those guys,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “You get to that point. It’s 48 hours and it’s important for everybody to get themselves ready to play the game.
“It’s something we’ve always stressed when you get off the field on Fridays, the opportunity now to physically get ready. Hopefully it’s no more than that.”
If it is more than that, the question of whether the other starter at safety is
Jennings said on Friday that no one was really declared the winner, probably because both will have roles in the defense’s various sub-packages, just like last year. Jennings and McMillian haven’t played alongside one another much in the regular season, though, and if Burnett can’t go, that would be an adjustment.
“It wouldn’t take that much time,” said Jennings, who expressed confidence that Burnett would be able to play. “We take reps beside each other at practice and we played together in the preseason. I think both of us would settle in and do pretty good on the back end.
“You have to be ready whenever. We play a lot of special teams, both myself and Jerron. It’s no panic mode, you just have to be ready.”
The same could be true for either
Primarily a special teams player in his three seasons in Green Bay, Francois hasn’t seen significant action on defense since late in 2011, when he took over for an injured
Francois intercepted two passes in those three games, which confirmed that his home was at inside linebacker after working both the inside and outside spots previously.
“He’s always been a tough, hard-nosed football player and done a very good job on special teams. Utility player for us, smart, tough. Love having him on our team.”
The addition of Burnett and Jones to the injury report actually doubled the injury list for the Packers, who are relatively healthy.
The Packers have dealt with a ton of injuries in two of the last three seasons and already lost tackle
“The way you go through a season, what happens to your team, how it grows, it forms a certain identity,” McCarthy said. “Really, your identity and your personality, in my opinion, is what’s formed in the first quarter of the season.”Additional coverage - Sept. 6