Burnett hoping to play despite thigh injury
GREEN BAY – Morgan Burnett walked through the Green Bay Packers locker room Friday wearing a small, electric stim machine over his left hip.
The Packers safety bruised his thigh while colliding with cornerback LaDarius Gutner early in the divisional-round win Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys. Burnett continued playing through the rest of the first quarter before his thigh tightened up early in the second quarter, forcing him out of the game.
“It was tough,” Burnett said. “But that’s when, during the game your adrenaline is rushing. Once that adrenaline calms down, you start to feel everything.”
Burnett, a leader in the Packers' secondary, hasn’t practiced this week. He was listed as “questionable” on the team’s injury report Friday, along with cornerback Quinten Rollins (neck/concussion).
He is a key piece to the defensive backfield. But 48 hours before the NFC championship game at the Atlanta Falcons, Burnett said he didn’t know whether he would play Sunday.
“I can’t say that,” Burnett said. “I’m just living in the now. If I could tell you that, then I probably should play the lottery tonight.”
Burnett said his thigh feels better than earlier in the week, but he’s still getting a lot of treatment. If he can’t play, backup safety Kentrell Brice figures to get increased snaps.