Update: Bigby will indeed have surgery on Friday, according to Pro Football Talk. He’s expected to miss a few weeks.
Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby, who has been sidelined since the start of training camp with an ankle injury, could require surgery, according to Brad Biggs.
Bigby, who injured himself in a conditioning test before the start of camp, saw a specialist in North Carolina this week and a source told Biggs it’s possible the safety could require arthroscopic surgery. If that’s the case, Bigby will be out for an extended period of time and can probably kiss his starting job goodbye.
Rookie Morgan Burnett has been filling in with the No. 1 defense and by most accounts, has looked both poised and impressive.
This is the latest in what seems like a comedy of errors for Bigby. He stayed away from the Packers offseason program in hopes of getting a long-term deal that never materialized. He had his restricted free agent tender reduced by the team on June 15 and ended up losing $59,500 because of his refusal to sign by that date.
After listening to all the praise heaped on Burnett during offseason workouts Bigby signed his tender, which will pay him $1,699,500, and reported to training camp on time, only to be injured before it even started. On top of that, the coaching staff was reportedly angry with him for being out of shape.
It’s like Bigby wanted to star in his own Keystone Kops film.
Not exactly the way you want to start a year that should run deep into the playoffs.