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And Here Comes Atari Bigby’s Next Injury Problem

Bigby will spend more time on the sidelines than the field, this season.

Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby has aggravated the hamstring injury that landed him on the physically unable to perform list, which perfectly follows his pattern.

By most accounts, Bigby is a decent safety, when he can stay on the field. Unfortunately, he can’t stay on the field very often.

In addition to missing the first six games while he was on the PUP list, Bigby missed the next two while he was working his way back into form. Now, he’s going to miss this week’s game with Atlanta and probably the following week, as well.

“Atari is definitely going to be challenged this week and possibly next week,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday.

This is pretty much Bigby being true to form.

In 2009, Bigby missed three games because of injury. In 2008, he missed nine.

You have to go back to 2007 to see the last time Bigby played a full season.

Obviously, that turned out to be his best season. He recorded 86 tackles, five interceptions and forced three fumbles.

What are the Packers going to get out of Bigby this season? Maybe six games?

Fortunately for the Packers, they have a career backup playing some pretty good football in Charlie Peprah, right now. Even though the coaching staff had some asinine plan to rotate Peprah and Bigby, that certainly is no knock on Peprah’s play.

Peprah hadn’t surrendered the starting job and even the staff admitted it was more because they wanted to get Bigby on the field. Still, even though that was their public stance, Peprah still got more reps than Bigby last week, as Bigby played mostly special teams.

Looking to the future, you have to think the Packers are set at strong safety with Peprah and rookie Morgan Burnett, who went on injured reserve earlier this season.

In other words, Bigby, who’s playing on a one-year contract, will probably be getting injured for another team next year.

I’m not trying to hate on Atari Bigby, because the guy can play, but he’s clearly injury prone.

Injury prone doesn’t get it done in the NFL and it’s likely to spell the end of Bigby’s run with the Packers.

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12 Comments

  1. ay hombre November 25, 2010

    Agreed.

  2. Nick K November 25, 2010

    Shoulda kept Harris and cut this asshole. He cant cover anyways. All he’s good for is a big hit every once in a while.

    1. Pack Morris November 25, 2010

      I’ve heard other people say this, too, but I don’t understand it, since they don’t play the same position, and Harris wouldn’t have contributed on special teams.

      Regardless, this sure is Atari’s last audition.

  3. bogmon November 25, 2010

    If I’m the Coach I would kinda stash him away until the last game of the season into playoffs..then let him loose….If he’s only gonna play a few solid games they might as well be meaningful.

  4. Madcity Packer Fan November 25, 2010

    I agree Al would of been a solid guy to have rather than dealing with Bigby’s irjuries all the time.

  5. Vijay November 25, 2010

    Al sent that full page ad out and i was like…oh, man…what a guy. He should be on this roster.

  6. Taryn November 26, 2010

    Harris is looking really good in Miami (eyes can’t stop rolling).But,if there is a HOF for taking out ads,Harris wins hands down.

    Basically,we got this far without both of them,which tells me we got enough to move on and grow.

  7. Abe Frohman November 26, 2010

    I’m pretty sure that Bigby’s ankle was the reason he went on PUP and that Starks was the guy with the hamstring problem.

    a hamstring injury is pretty “normal” for a guy that’s not played a lot of football. That being said, I like Peprah better than Atari, anyway.

  8. canadapackers November 26, 2010

    Couldnt keep Al – but Bigby made his bed now he needs to lie in it – maybe Drew Rosenhaus can lie beside him – bad advice is bad advice from the king of bad advice givers

  9. Matt November 26, 2010

    What about Nick Barnett? He’s been just as injury prone and the Packers are just fine without him. He was the leader of the defense, but Matthews could assume that role.

  10. Rick November 27, 2010

    I say get rid of his sorry ass. Even when healthy Bigby is mediocre at best. Always goes for the highlight reel hit and misses way more tackles than he should.