Starter Pack: Problems at safety

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said on Monday that the biggest problem with losing safety Morgan Burnett to a hamstring injury was that it happened so late in the preparation for Sunday’s game at San Francisco.

Burnett, who first pulled his hamstring on Aug. 23, had returned to practice last week only to come up lame Friday morning.

“The toughest thing with Morgan was we didn’t realize we weren’t going to have him until Friday because we practiced Wednesday and Thursday thinking we would have him,” Capers said. “But we expect the other guys to go in there and be able to go in and perform. They certainly played a lot of plays.”

A story by Weston Hodkiewicz in the Green Bay Press-Gazette detailed the play of fill-in safeties M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian and what role they played in allowing receiver Anquan Boldin to catch 13 passes for 208 yards to lead the 49ers to a 34-28 win.

The story included this breakdown, courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

According to Pro Football Focus, McMillian missed four tackles and allowed six catches on six targets for 57 yards with a touchdown allowed. Jennings fared slightly better with only three for 39 yards, but neither could fill Burnett’s stewardship in the secondary.