For the second straight year, the Packers could be missing vital parts of their secondary for a game against the high-powered Dallas Cowboys. Last year, it was Charles Woodson. This year, it’s Atari Bigby.
According to ESPN’s NFC North blog written by Kevin Seifert, Bigby will most likely miss Sunday night’s marquee matchup.
Wednesday was a tough day for two NFC North safeties: Chicago’s Brandon McGowan learned he will miss the remainder of the season because of a left ankle injury and Green Bay’s Atari Bigby apparently will miss at least one game because of a hamstring injury.
Bigby, meanwhile, sat out all of practice Wednesday. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters in Green Bay: “I don’t think Atari is going to make it this week.”
Aaron Rouse is the most likely replacement for Bigby, but McCarthy said that Charlie Peprah will also take some practice reps.
I’m most interested in seeing Rouse play this game. In training camp he was challenging Nick Collins for the strong safety spot that he was ultimately beat out of. Physically, at 6’4″, 223 pounds, Rouse is a beast. Sunday night would be his first taste of real playing time, so we will get the chance to see if the hype of him as a big time player can come true Sunday against the ‘Boys. Apparently, the coaches really like Peprah, but he has been slowed by a hamstring injury in recent weeks.