Al Harris, Atari Bigby not active for Vikings game : Packers Insider

Al Harris, Atari Bigby not active for Vikings game

October 23, 2010 by  
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Oct 24, 2010 ~ by Rob Demovsky

~Green Bay — The Green Bay Packers did not activate any of their players off the physically unable to perform list on Saturday, according to an NFL source

Despite the Packers saying Al Harris looked great and was ready, neither he, James Starks, or Atari Bigby will be in uniform versus the Vikings Sunday night.

That means that neither cornerback Al Harris (knee) nor safety Atari Bigby (ankle) will play Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Those two, along with running back James Starks (hamstring), began practicing this past week after sitting out the first six weeks of the season.

The Packers would have needed to activate them by the close of league business on Saturday in order for them to play Sunday night.

Starks had no chance of being activated, but it appeared that either Bigby or Harris — or both — had a chance to play against the Vikings. Instead, the Packers decided to wait at least another week. Bigby had ankle surgery on Aug. 6, and Harris had reconstructive surgery after blowing out his knee last Nov. 22.

After Harris and Bigby completed a full week of practice on Friday, both indicated that they were ready to play this week.

“I feel good, but I don’t know what’s what,” Harris said on Friday. “However the process goes, I’m for it. If it’s this week or next week or however the process goes, I’m ready for it.

“Of course, I would love to play, am eager to play, but at the same time I’m respective of the process and the decision making. They’ve been good to me. They told me to get well and however long it takes, just get better. As un-loyal as this business is, I thought that was a pretty heads-up move by them.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry indicated on Friday that Bigby might not be ready when he said Bigby is “still probably not quite there yet in terms of being back 100 percent.”

Said Bigby: “I’m a football player, so I want to play. Any time there’s a game going on, any time there’s practice, I want to be in there. But the final decision is going to come down to the coaches and the medical staff. I prepared myself to be the starter. I prepared myself mentally to be a backup.”

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