Posted by Andy Benoit
Packers safety Atari Bigby underwent a cleanup procedure on his bothersome ankle today. Bigby had passed the team’s running test, and the pain he’s experienced has been only sporadic. But it was decided that surgery gave the hard-hitting safety the best chance at being effective in 2010.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Post Gazette writes:
We’re starting to learn more about how Bigby’s latest ankle problems popped up. He said he felt some pain after last season ended but figured it was the usual post-season soreness. After taking some time off, he said he resumed workouts during which the ankle game him little or no trouble.
But because he refused to sign his restricted free agent tender — he was seeking a long-term deal that he never got — he was never at Packers headquarters, therefore the team couldn’t monitor his health.
Bigby’s health issues certainly don’t help his already-tenuous job status. He’ll need roughly four weeks to recover from his operation. The Packers used third-round rookie Morgan Burnett in Bigby’s strong safety slot all offseason. Burnett is touted as a natural playmaker.
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