Stopping Pro Bowl Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles would be a challenge for the Green Bay Packers under the best of circumstances. Doing so on Monday night will be made more difficult with safeties Morgan Burnett (calf) and Sean Richardson (ankle) inactive.
Those are arguably the Packers’ best run defenders in the secondary. Without Burnett in Week 1, Green Bay allowed 141 rushing yards to Matt Forte. With Burnett in Week 2, the Packers limited Marshawn Lynch to 41 rushing yards. Richardson is a key member of some of the Packers’ run-oriented defenses.
Without Burnett, Micah Hyde will make his second start of the season at safety. In the nickel package, cornerback Casey Hayward will take Hyde’s spot in the slot and first-round pick Damarious Randall will enter the game at cornerback.
As expected, running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Davante Adams are active despite ankle injuries. Both were upgraded from questionable to probable on Sunday.
The other inactives are quarterback Brett Hundley, cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring), guard Lane Taylor, right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and tight end Kennard Backman.
Active for the first time this season are undrafted running back Alonzo Harris, who provides depth with Eddie Lacy battling through an injured ankle, and undrafted rookie cornerback LaDarius Gunter. Second-round cornerback Quinten Rollins, who was inactive last week, will suit up tonight, as well.
With a healthy roster, the Chiefs do not have any key performers on their inactive list. Perhaps the only recognizable name is former Packers outside linebacker Dezman Moses. The others are quarterback Aaron Murray, cornerback Steven Nelson, offensive lineman Jah Reid, tight end Brian Parker, receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches.