The Cleveland Browns placed safety Morgan Burnett on injured reserve Tuesday with an Achilles injury
Burnett was injured during the second quarter of Cleveland’s 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
The Browns signed Burnett as a free agent in April after spent the 2018 season with the Steelers. Originally a third-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Burnett made 102 starts in eight seasons with Green Bay, compiling 717 tackles, 7.5 sacks and nine interceptions.
He played a key role against the Steelers with five tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception, and leaves a void in the secondary, as cornerback T.J. Carrie told clevelandbrowns.com on Monday:
“(Morgan) has just so many capabilities that you can’t replace, and so from that standpoint, we are going to have to have a younger guy or some of the guys that we have been playing, they are going to have to step up and play big and this is the opportunity that they have been given. We need to maximize that opportunity from every standpoint. Can’t replace guys like that. All you can do is continue to corral yourself and look at yourself.”
Who will replace Burnett on the field remains a question. Eric Murray has missed the past three games with a knee injury, leaving veteran Juston Burris and rookie Sheldrick Redwine as the most likely candidates.
Burnett made eight starts this season, finished with 41 tackles, two sacks, two pass breakups and an interception.