Packers’ Atari Bigby looks forward to return
Sept 24, 2010 ~ by Jason Wilde
~Atari Bigby doesn’t know what his role in the Green Bay Packers’ defense will be once he’s finally able to return to action, but the veteran safety does know that both he and Pro Bowl cornerback Al Harris should provide a welcome lift to what is already a good football team when they come off the physically unable to perform list in a few weeks.
Bigby, who was placed on PUP after Aug. 6 ankle surgery, and Harris, who is still recovering from his career-threatening left knee injury last November, still have three more weeks to wait before they’re even eligible to start practicing. Both players, along with rookie running back James Starks (hamstring), can begin practicing after the Packers’ sixth game, against Miami on Oct. 17.
The team has a three-week window in which to start the clock on each of them by having them participate in a practice. Once they do, it opens a new three-week window at the end of which the team must activate the player, put him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.
With rookie third-round pick Morgan Burnett having started all four preseason games and both regular-season games at strong safety in his place, Bigby expects to be activated during that window but has no idea what he’ll be doing.
“I’m just focused on playing football and getting my ankle where it needs to be to perform. I don’t think I’m in a position right now to worry about my role because I haven’t been playing,” Bigby said during a rare visit to the locker room Thursday, as his teammates prepared for Monday night’s showdown with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. “When I get to that bridge, I guess we’ll cross it.”
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