Chargers safety Bigby on I.R.

UPDATE: The Chargers put Bigby on the injured reserve Tuesday. They re-signed linebacker Bront Bird. He just completed a four-game NFL suspension.

U-T San Diego reports Chargers starting safety Atari Bigby will miss 3-5 weeks with a groin injury he suffered Sunday. There are five weeks left in the season. Rookie Brandon Taylor is expected to play a lot during this time. This is a great opportunity for a player the Chargers hope becomes a starter soon.

Bigby was quality free-agent pickup this season. He has fit in on a solid defense and he is the second leading tackler on San Diego’s roster.

In other AFC West news:

The Eagles cut pass-rusher Jason Babin. He is a viable pass-rusher for a 4-3 defensive team. Oakland badly needs a pass-rusher. But, at 3-8, I’m not sure Oakland would find it important to claim him and take on his contract. Denver could use Babin off the bench to spark an already outstanding pass-rush and it could be interested as well.

The Chargers will likely have another local television blackout for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. Last Sunday’s loss to Baltimore was blacked out as well. The Chargers need to sell about 12,000 tickets for a sellout.