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By PFW staff

Updated Aug. 31, 2010 @10:53 p.m. ET

If the Packers are going to win the Super Bowl, as Pro Football Weekly has predicted, they will need to overcome some early injuries in their secondary.

Veterans CB Al Harris and SS Atari Bigby were both placed on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list on Tuesday, keeping them out of the lineup until Week Seven at the earliest.

Harris is trying to recover from a surgically repaired left knee, which he injured against the 49ers in Week 11 last season. Harris suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, torn lateral collateral ligament, torn iliotibial band, fibular collateral ligament, and torn lateral hamstring, according to Joe Caroccio, Harris' rehab specialist.

Bigby has been out after undergoing ankle surgery in early August.

Green Bay will rely on young replacements to fill in during the time Harris and Bigby are out. Tramon Williams is expected to move to the starting CB spot, and it is likely opponents will target him as opposed to attacking reigning Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson on the other side. Brandon Underwood and Pat Lee are the likely candidates to take Williams' spot as nickel back.

At safety, the job appears to be in the hands of the team's third-round pick, Morgan Burnett. The rookie from Georgia Tech has played well during the preseason.

The Packers catch a scheduling break, as they will face three teams with new offensive coordinators (Buffalo, Chicago and Washington) and three others with young QBs (Philadelphia, Detroit and Miami) while Harris and Bigby are on the PUP list.

Reserve RB James Starks was also placed on the PUP list, while RB Quinn Porter has been put on injured reserve.


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