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Atari Bigby carefully working his way back

December 10, 2010 by  
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From Tom Silverstein, Journal-Sentinel

~Green Bay – Ford Field might not be the best venue for safety Atari Bigby to make his return from a hamstring injury.

Two years ago, Bigby suffered a hamstring injury there  that shelved him for five games. Then, this year, he injured his hamstring at the Metrodome Nov. 21 and was forced to miss two games.

The common thread between those two places is their artificial surface.

With Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, and Hakeem Nicks all lurking in the next three games, the Packers could really use Atari Bigby's physical presence back in the secondary.

“You know what? You’re right,” Bigby said when reminded about that. “I didn’t even think about that. There might be something there. I don’t know. It could just be me.”

Bigby was back on the practice field Thursday for the first time since the Vikings game, taking part in a good portion of the full pads workout. He was officially listed as limited on the Packers’ injury report for Sunday’s Detroit game.

The medical staff passed Bigby on a running test Thursday morning, thus ending a 2 ½-week rehab that interrupted his return to the player he once was. Bigby missed the first eight games following ankle surgery in August, but was rotating with starter Charlie Peprah when he pulled the hamstring at Minnesota.

Bigby made a touchdown-saving tackle of Percy Harvin on a kickoff return and was starting to make a run for his old job at strong safety. He’s not exactly back at Square One, but he has to pick up where he left off if he’s going to be of any help to the club down the stretch.

“At that point,” Bigby said of the Minnesota game, “I was ready. I was ready for anything. I guess I wasn’t because I got hurt.”

This time around, the coaches have to decide whether to bring him back for an artificial turf game or wait another week for grass at New England. Bigby said he did not work any special teams in practice, which is usually a sign if a player is going to be active, but he said he was cleared so late in the morning that he didn’t have a chance to get into the rotation.

“Atari is making a lot of progress,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He was able to practice today. We just tried to control what segments of practice that he went through. But he looked good, particularly in the opponent scout reps that he was taking.

“It will be encouraging to see how he feels in the morning when he goes through the doctor’s evaluation.”

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