Micah Hyde starting for injured Morgan Burnett
There will once again be shuffling in the Green Bay Packers' secondary when they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night football at Lambeau Field.
Micah Hyde will slide over from nickel to safety to replace starter Morgan Burnett, who will miss his second game this season with a calf injury. That could mean more rookie Damarious Randall on the perimeter, with starting cornerback Casey Hayward sliding inside to nickel.
It's the same lineup the Packers went with in their opener at the Chicago Bears. The Packers beat the Bears, but without Burnett — their best run defender in the secondary — they allowed 193 rushing yards.
Even with a similar look in the secondary as the opener, the Packers' personnel won't be identical. Undrafted rookie cornerback LaDarius Gunter was activated for the first time, while cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring) will be inactive.
Undrafted rookie running back Alonzo Harris was also activated for the first time. With starter Eddie Lacy nursing an injured ankle during the week, Harris' presence could be protection for the Packers' running game.
The rest of the Packers' inactives are right tackle Bryan Bulaga, quarterback Brett Hundley, safety Sean Richardson, guard Lane Taylor and tight end Kennard Backman. Richardson (ankle) was listed as questionable on Sunday's injury report.
Bulaga will miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Backup tackle Don Barclay struggled in Bulaga's absence last week, allowing 10 quarterback hurries against the Seattle Seahawks, according to ProFootballFocus. Barclay could be primarily matched up against Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston tonight. Houston, one of the NFL's elite pass rushers, pressures the quarterback on roughly 70 percent of his attempts, per ProFootballFocus.
Here are the Packers' inactives:
- QB Brett Hundley
- S Sean Richardson
- CB Demetri Goodson
- S Morgan Burnett
- G Lane Taylor
- T Bryan Bulaga
- TE Kennard Backman.
And the Chiefs' inactives:
- QB Aaron Murray
- CB Steven Nelson
- LB Dezman Moses
- OL Jah Reid
- TE Brian Parker
- WR Frankie Hammond Jr.
- DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches
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