GREEN BAY – The Packers could be without two of their top cornerbacks this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns with with Davon House listed as doubtful and Kevin King set to undergo surgery after being placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
The Packers also have listed linebacker Nick Perry (foot/shoulder), defensive tackle Quinton Dial (chest/knee) and offensive lineman Lucas Patrick (hand) as questionable, while cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring) has been ruled out.
House has started the last six games after missing three contests earlier this season due to quad and hamstring injuries. The seventh-year cornerback has 40 tackles, five passes defensed and an interception in nine starts.
If House is unable to play, more likely will be asked of safety Morgan Burnett and cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Josh Hawkins, who started in place of an injured House in Week 6 against Minnesota.
Burnett played the ‘star’ slot cornerback spot in the nickel package with Randall following DeSean Jackson last week against Tampa Bay. The eighth-year defensive back has played practically each position in the secondary in addition to serving as a hybrid linebacker in Green Bay’s ‘Nitro’ nickel.
“I feel defensive back period, it just depends on where you’re lining up,” said Burnett earlier this week. “Safeties may have to line up deep and have to have the range to cover and get guys locked up. And corner is quick twitch where everything is quick reaction happening fast right in front of you. They both have their challenges, but they’re both considered defensive backs, so you have to be prepared and ready to do all positions whether you’re at safety or corner.”
Defensive tackle Kenny Clark (ankle), and linebackers Ahmad Brooks (back) and Jake Ryan (neck/illness) were removed from the injury report and should play.
Browns safety Jabrill Peppers (knee) has been listed as doubtful. The rookie first-round pick has started 10 games for Cleveland this season, recording 43 tackles and two pass deflections.
Defensive linemen Danny Shelton (chest/ribs) and Tyrone Holmes (knee), tight end Seth DeValve (hip), defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) and receiver Sammie Coates (knee/ankle) are questionable for Sunday.