GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers rookie starting safety Morgan Burnett will miss the rest of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his knee in Sunday's 28-26 win over Detroit.
The Packers placed Burnett on injured reserve on Thursday.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said that Burnett displayed the usual symptoms of an ACL tear when he was examined on the sidelines during the second quarter though he wasn't exactly sure when the injury occurred. The diagnosis was then confirmed with further testing.
The 21-year-old was selected in the third round of this year's draft out of Georgia Tech. In four starts this season, Burnett had one interception and 14 total tackles.
Veteran saftey Derrick Martin, who replaced Burnett on Sunday, could be a replacement for the rookie going forward. Charlie Peprah is listed as Burnett's backup on the team's depth chart, but he has been slowed by a quad injury the last couple of weeks.