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Packers reeling after injuries to key defenders

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Posted Oct. 08, 2010 @ 2:58 p.m. ET
By Dan Arkush

Updated Oct. 9, 2010 @ 1:50 p.m. ET

The fallout from the Packers’ way-too-close-for-comfort Week Four win over the Lions has put them in a precarious position, with two key defenders — rookie SS Morgan Burnett (out for season with torn ACL) and MLB Nick Barnett (possibly out for season with wrist injury) going down for the count. The consensus in Green Bay is that the wrist injury to Barnett probably presents a more serious problem for the Packers. Although daily team observers believe his play had regressed this season, particularly when it came to rushing the passer, Barnett was the defense’s undisputed emotional leader. Barnett’s primary replacement figures to be Desmond Bishop, who is very physical and has a flair for playmaking but lacks speed and has real problems in coverage — a drawback that Brandon Chillar (out in Week Five) could offset if his lingering shoulder injury allows him to do so.

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