SAN FRANCISCO – On Wednesday, Morgan Burnett was feeling fine. By Sunday, the veteran safety was among the Green Bay Packers’ inactives for their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.
Burnett, who hurt his hamstring in the team’s Aug. 23 preseason game against Seattle, practiced on Wednesday and Thursday but arrived at work Friday morning with soreness in his hamstring. He did not practice Friday and made the trip to San Francisco but was declared inactive.
Before Sunday, Burnett hadn’t missed a game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in his fourth NFL game as a rookie in 2010. He played every defensive snap of the 2012 season, including playoffs.
With Burnett out, Jerron McMillian was set to start alongside M.D. Jennings at safety. The two had been battling throughout the summer for the starting job but the team had not declared a winner.
"At first when you did it, you don’t know what to expect because you don’t want to miss any time, but as the days went on, it felt good, it felt better. I did everything they asked me to do, put the work and time in and now I feel good," Burnett said at midweek. "I feel good that our defensive room, everyone in that room guys are always prepared for when their number is called. It’s just part of the game. You have to be prepared at all times. It doesn’t matter who’s in, that guy’s just as important. No guy is more important than the team."
Asked late in camp about McMillian and Jennings, safeties coach Darren Perry said both had earned a starting job.
“I think those guys are viewed as starters, regardless of who ends up being the starting safety alongside Morgan Burnett with as much as nickel and sub defense that we play,” Perry said. “Jerron’s been our dime. All of those guys will play. It’s just a matter of who distinguishes himself the most and who performs the best.”
Meanwhile, inside linebacker Brad Jones, who also had a hamstring injury, was active.
Here are the full inactive lists for each team:
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