Thursday, August 14, 2008

Burnett to have knee surgery

Here's Todd Archer's report from Denver ...

Linebacker Kevin Burnett will return to Dallas to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to two sources. The surgery is scheduled for Friday.

Burnett's availability for the Sept. 7 season opener at Cleveland is in question. Normally, players miss three to four weeks to recover from a scope.

This will be at least Burnett's fifth surgery since coming to the Cowboys in 2005. He has had hip, ankle, shoulder and anterior cruciate ligament surgeries.

While he has had numerous surgeries, he has only missed three games.

A prolonged absence could lead to more playing time for Bobby Carpenter, who has been working on the same substitute defensive packages as Burnett.