The Green Bay Packers have ruled out safety Atari Bigby for at least one game and perhaps more because of a hamstring injury. That news causes hardly a ripple, however, and speaks to the new world of the Packers' defense.
The Packers are more than satisfied with the play of starter Charlie Peprah. From what I could tell, they had no intention of forcing Bigby into the lineup. After being activated to the 53-man roster earlier this month, Bigby spent two games as a special teams player before injuring the hamstring last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers had envisioned Bigby as a long-term starter but he has slowly slid off their radar because of injuries and contract disputes. They opened the season with rookie Morgan Burnett as their starter, and Peprah took over after Burnett suffered a season-ending knee injury. We're a long way from next season, but you would have to consider Peprah and Burnett to be in much higher standing from an organizational perspective.
In the short-term, however, the Packers will have a bit of a crunch at the position. Their only other backup safety is Anthony Smith, who didn't practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. I would imagine that Jarrett Bush could fill in at safety in a pinch behind Peprah and Nick Collins.