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Packers could place Bigby on PUP

Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:28 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Originally, Packers S Atari Bigby wasn’t supposed to be out this long. He had surgery on his left ankle Aug. 6 to clean out some scar tissue, and at first, he thought he might be out four weeks. That prognosis, though, has been stretched to eight weeks, and now, it’s unclear what Green Bay should do with the five-year veteran.

Wait for his ankle to heal and hold his spot on the 53-man roster? Or put him on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning he couldn’t return for the first six weeks of the season?

That's the conundrum, writes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . From the story:

Bigby is due to have his stitches removed in a few days. If he is cleared to practice in the four-week timeframe, he would be able to work out the week of the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 12. It's doubtful he would be able to play in that game, but he could contribute soon after.

If Bigby's recovery time is closer to eight weeks, that puts him on pace to be out at least the first four games.

In that case, it would make sense for the Packers to place Bigby on the physically unable to perform list. He wouldn't count against the 53-man roster but would be ineligible for at least the first six weeks of the season.

Bigby said the PUP possibility would be "very disappointing. Extremely."

Bigby’s absence means rookie Morgan Burnett will start in his place. Although he's inexperienced, Burnett got some much-needed reps in the offseason, considering Bigby refused to sign his restricted free agent tender and missed OTAs and mini-camp.

So, why didn’t Bigby get the ankle surgery earlier in the offseason. Like, say in April instead of August?

"I just thought I was beat up after the season," Bigby told the paper. "I went through the whole off-season, I rested on it, and I thought I would be able to come back and be 100 percent. Of course, I wasn't."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:43 pm

Packers could place Bigby on PUP

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:11 pm

Packers could place Bigby on PUP

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Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2010 4:22 pm

Packers could place Bigby on PUP

Atari Bigby has said that he didn't realize he would need surgery, saying in effect, "yeah, it didn't feel great, but I play in the NFL, nothing ever feels great" and was probably as surprised as anyone that he would need the surgery.  I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one, because basically, I can't see any reason why he would knowingly come in needing surgery, when his job is on the line.

Also, Bibgy did not "hold out".  He didn't sign his tender and was not under contract until doing so.  Of course, he was trying to work out a long-term deal, but not signing an offer sheet is a million miles from a player under contract who stays away from the team.  For example, Bigby did not attend the OTA's, but as a restricted free agent that hadn't signed his tender, he would not have been allowed to practice with the team, even if he had attempted to do so.

As for the impact of all this to the Packers... Bigby's presence is needed.  He's not fantastic in coverage, but few non-cover-2 teams have great cover safeties at the SS position.  When healthy Bigby has been a good player.  Hopefully, he will be healthy again soon.  In the meantime, Morgan Burnett probably will provide an upgrade over Bigby in the long-run.  If Bigby makes the team (or returns after PUP), then I expect we'll see him a lot on special teams, and perhaps in obvious running situations.  In other words, while I hope Burnett is capable of stepping in and taking the SS starting position for the next 15 years, I also hope that Bigby can get back healthy; he still has a lot to contribute to the team, and, if nothing else, provides much better depth at the position than Charlie Peprah.

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2010 8:47 am

Packers could place Bigby on PUP

What a joke!!! First he holds out and then when they finally sign him they have to put him on PUP because he refused to have the surgery he needed!!! 

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