Atari Bigby’s status for opener in doubt : Packers Insider

Atari Bigby’s status for opener in doubt

August 6, 2010 by  
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Aug 6, 2010 ~ by Tom Silverstein

~There’s no guarantee the Green Bay Packers would have found that safety Atari Bigby needed ankle surgery even if he had spent the entire off-season under the guidance of the team’s medical staff.

"I didn't know I needed surgery. I'm not a surgeon. I'm not a doctor. Sometimes you go out there and things hurt, but you push through it, and it goes away." - Atari Bigby, who will have surgery on his ankle today.

But if the Packers had found a way to entice him to sign his one-year tender or he had chosen to attend off-season workouts without a long-term deal, there’s a chance he wouldn’t be facing surgery on his ailing left ankle five weeks before the start of the regular season.

Bigby will travel to Charlotte, N.C., so orthopedic surgeon Robert Anderson can operate for the second time in 19 months on the 28-year-old’s ankle. The surgery would be nowhere near as complex as the microfracture procedure Bigby went through in December of 2008, he said, calling it a “cleanup” of some scar tissue.

From what he’s been told, Bigby said, the recovery time is about a month, so his status for the season opener is in doubt.

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