Update: Packers Rule Safety Morgan Burnett Out for Monday

The Packers upgraded running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Davante Adams to probable.

The Green Bay Packers announced several injury updates on Sunday, including downgrading safety Morgan Burnett to out for Monday night's game against Kansas City.

"I think any time you’re coming off of a previous injury and you feel something, I think it’s a natural response," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Saturday about proceeding with caution with Burnett, who missed the season-opening game due to the same calf injury.

When Burnett missed the Chicago game, Micah Hyde moved from nickel cornerback to starting safety. In nickel situations, cornerback Casey Hayward moved into the slot and Damarious Randall entered at cornerback. The Packers likely will go that route again, especially since it's a way to get more snaps for Randall.

Also, cornerback Sam Shields (calf) was added to the injury report and listed as probable. Receiver Davante Adams (ankle), running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) and fullback Aaron Ripkowski (shoulder) were upgraded from questionable to probable.

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Here is our Saturday injury story.

Running back Eddie Lacy, receiver Davante Adams and safety Morgan Burnett are among six players listed as questionable by Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy for Monday's game against Kansas City.

The prospects of Lacy and Adams, at least, are looking up.

After both practiced on Friday -- with Lacy saying he did more than he expected -- McCarthy on Saturday said the players' injured ankles are "progressing." Both would have been limited participation had the Packers practiced on Saturday.

"I thought Eddie did some good things in his limited reps," McCarthy said. "We still, with a Monday night game, we have a lot of time left. I feel good about treatment today and the light practice tomorrow and then obviously all day Monday. I think Eddie and Davante are both progressing."

Meanwhile, Burnett's status is in some doubt. He dropped out early in Friday's practice due to the same calf that caused him to miss the Week 1 game at Chicago. He would not have practiced on Saturday.

"Obviously, with the history there two weeks ago, we pulled him out of practice. We’ll see how he gets through today," McCarthy said, adding later: "I think any time you’re coming off of a previous injury and you feel something, I think it’s a natural response."

Burnett is one of the Packers' key defenders, not only for his run-stopping ability but his role as a key communicator. That was evident to start the season. Chicago's Matt Forte rushed for 141 yards in Week 1 while Seattle's Marshawn Lynch rushed for 41 yards in Week 2.

"Morgan means a lot," McCarthy said. "Just look at Week 1 and Week 2, just the communication, the productivity. He definitely makes a difference when he’s on the field. He’s an excellent communicator, No. 1, a heck of a football player, is involved with your matchup plans and things like that. He’s definitely one of our best players on defense."

Outside linebacker Mike Neal, safety Sean Richardson and fullback Aaron Ripkowski also are questionable. Neal would have been limited while Richardson and Ripkowski would not have practiced. Those two are key players on special teams, and the return game is one of the Chiefs' strengths.

Packers injury report
Player (injury): Status for Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Status.
WR Davante Adams (ankle): DNP, Limited, Limited. Questionable. (Changed to Probable.)
T Bryan Bulaga (knee): DNP, DNP, DNP. Out.
S Morgan Burnett (calf): Not listed, Limited, DNP. Questionable. (Changed to Out.)
WR Randall Cobb (shoulder): Full, Full, Full. Probable.
CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring): DNP, DNP, DNP. Out.
RB Eddie Lacy (ankle): DNP, Limited, Limited. Questionable. (Changed to Probable.)
LB Mike Neal (groin): Limited, DNP, Limited. Questionable.
S Sean Richardson (ankle): Not listed, Not listed, DNP. Questionable.
FB Aaron Ripkowski (shoulder): Not listed, Not listed, DNP. Questionable. (Changed to Probable.)
CB Sam Shields (calf): Not listed, Not listed, Not listed. (Changed to Probable.)

Chiefs injury report
Player (injury): Status for Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Status.
OL Jeff Allen (knee): Full, Full, Full. Probable.
T Eric Fisher (ankle): Full, Full, Full. Probable
TE Demetrius Harris (foot): Full, Full, Full. Probable
LB Josh Mauga (Achilles): Full, Full, Full. Probable
T Donald Stephenson (ankle): Full, Full, Full. Probable
WR De’Anthony Thomas (ankle): Full, Full, Full. Probable
RB Charcandrick West (Achilles): Full, Full, Full. Probable
WR Albert Wilson (shoulder): Full, Full, Full. Probable


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