Morgan Burnett remains in starting lineup for Packers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/14/14) Packers safeties coach Darren Perry said Wednesday safety Morgan Burnett is not in jeopardy of losing his starting spot in the lineup, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"Morgan’s our starting safety," Perry said. "And the other guys are competing, unless I’ve been told differently.
"He’s one of our communicators. He’s a leader on this defense. He knows it about as well as anybody back there. I would expect him to be able to command and communicate amongst the other guys in terms of what calls and what coverages and what checks we’re supposed to be in. That’s the standard operating procedure for him."
Joe Thomas departs preseason game with knee injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/9/14) Packers inside linebacker Joe Thomas left Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans with a knee injury. This is a difficult break for Thomas, who was picked up by the Packers as an undrafted free agent and was having a strong couple of weeks of training camp. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Packers safety rotation could change in preseason
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/8/14) Packers defensive back Morgan Burnett will sit out Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans, reports ESPN.com Friday.
The report also indicates that there is a chance Burnett can lose his starting job, with rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix expected to step in while Burnett is out. Micah Hyde is also making a transition from cornerback and has reportedly impressed coaches. Coach Mike McCarthy did note that he considers Burnett a starter, but that doesn't mean he will dominate the playing time.
"We don't get caught on 11 players, especially [when] the emphasis for our whole defense is to play more players," McCarthy said.
Morgan Burnett dealing with oblique strain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/5/14) Packers coach Mike McCarthy said safety Morgan Burnett suffered an oblique strain Tuesday. McCarthy added he should know more about Burnett's status by Tuesday night.
B.J. Raji might not accept Packers' offer
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/7/14) The Packers have offered defensive lineman B.J. Raji a short-term contract extension in advance of free agency, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Now they have to see if he accepts it.
The Packers offered Raji the options of one- and two-year contracts. For one year, their offer was for about $4 million. ESPN reported Thursday that Raji was close to a one-year deal, but the Journal-Sentinel report says the deal is not imminent and there are indications Raji isn't interested.
Raji would only want to sign a one-year deal if he thought the long-term offers he received weren't lucrative enough and there was still time left to shop himself when the NFL free agency signing period begins Tuesday.
The Journal Sentinel reported during the 2013 season that Raji turned down a long-term offer averaging $8 million. That offer contained about $20 million in guaranteed money. Raji chose to play out the season and see if he could do better as a free agent.