Burnett sidelined by hamstring injury

Vikings won’t have Diggs or Bradford
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The Associated Press

Both teams will be missing key players when the Green Bay Packers face the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Packers safety Morgan Burnett will miss the game with a hamstring injury, and Green Bay might be down another starter in the secondary in cornerback Kevin King.

Burnett was ruled out on Friday, and the Packers listed King as doubtful. The rookie cornerback, who is in the concussion protocol, hasn’t practiced yet this week.

The Packers will need a new defensive signal-caller with Burnett out, a responsibility that likely will fall to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Another starting cornerback, Davon House, is questionable. Green Bay’s secondary will catch a break though with speedy receiver Stefon Diggs ruled out by the Vikings with a groin injury.

Packers running back Ty Montgomery is questionable, though he has been a full participant at practice wearing a flak jacket to protect broken ribs.

Starting offensive tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) are also questionable.

The Vikings, meanwhile, are going to be short-handed on offense with Diggs, quarterback Sam Bradford and left guard Nick Easton all ruled out by head coach Mike Zimmer on Friday.

Bradford aggravated a left knee injury in Monday’s win over Chicago that has plagued him since the season opener. He started the game, but looked uncomfortable for most of his time on the field before being replaced by Case Keenum late in the second quarter.

Keenum will get his fourth start of the year for the Vikings (3-2). But for the first time he’ll be without Diggs, who was leading the league in receiving yards before tweaking his groin against the Bears. It is the second consecutive year Diggs has battled a groin injury.

“He’s a good player,” Zimmer said, “but Michael Floyd will get some reps. (Laquon) Treadwell, same deal.”

Treadwell has five receptions through the season’s first five games, while Floyd made one catch in his season debut Monday after serving a four-game suspension.

Easton, who departed Monday’s game with a calf injury, will likely be replaced by Jeremiah Sirles, who started 10 games for the Vikings last year, though most were at right tackle. Easton will become the first Minnesota offensive lineman to miss a start this season.

On the other side of the ball, the Vikings got safety Andrew Sendejo back at practice Friday after he was held out Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury. Sendejo is listed as questionable for the game against the Packers (4-1).