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Burnett downgraded to questionable; T Meredith signed

Weston Hodkiewicz
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Packers safety Morgan Burnett brings down Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart on Oct. 19. Burnett’s absence was felt in the run game against the Saints.

Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett suffered a setback with his calf during practice Saturday and has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chicago Bears.

The Packers also made a roster move on Saturday in bringing back veteran offensive lineman Jamon Meredith with starting guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Langiffy to play against the Bears.

First-year receiver Kevin Dorsey (foot) was placed on injured reserve to clear aspot for Meredith, a fifth-round pick by the Packers in 2009.

Burnett's absence was evident in the Packers' 44-23 loss to the New Orleans on the back end and against the run. It looked like he'd put the injury behind him and was originally listed as probable after being a full participant in practice Thursday and Friday.

Dorsey suffered a "significant" foot injury in practice Thursday. McCarthy said the injury would keep him out "multiple weeks," but it was going to be difficult for the Packers to hold a roster spot for a special-teams contributor.

Despite being drafted by the Packers, the 28-year-old Meredith didn't make their roster coming out of camp. He spent a few weeks on the team's practice squad before signing onto the Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster.

He's played 51 career games with 24 starts during stints with Buffalo (2009-10), Detroit (2010), the New York Giants (2010), Pittsburgh (2011), Tampa Bay (2012-13) and Indianapolis (2014). He was released by the Colts on Tuesday.

Meredith (6-5, 312) is listed at a tackle, but saw most of his NFL starts at right guard during his time with the Buccaneers.

-whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.​