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Following Thursday's practice, Atari Bigby expressed disappointment about his new prognosis that may land him on the physically-unable-to-perform list. The Packers' safety said he is hearing he won't be ready to play for 4-8 weeks following his Aug. 6 ankle surgery. He said it would be "very disappointing" to start the season on the PUP list.

The Packers have a quality replacement, as rookie Morgan Burnett, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech, has impressed this offseason, so much so that he was challenging to start over Bigby even before the ankle surgery.

If placed on the PUP list, Bigby would miss the first six weeks of the season. While Burnett has performed well, that would require confidence from the Packers that the rookie can start for the first six weeks. Bigby provides a physicality along the back line of the defense that Burnett would have to replace, especially as Al Harris recovers from his torn left ACL, LCL and hamstring. Harris could return to practice next week.


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