Atari Bigby making progress for a healthy return

Packers could have veteran safety in action Sunday Brad Biggs

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The Green Bay Packers haven’t gotten much in the way of positive injury news this season, but things are looking up for safety Atari Bigby.

Although the veteran missed the first half of the season with an ankle issue, he’s been out for the last 2 ½ weeks with a pulled hamstring. But Bigby was limited in practice on Thursday, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the hope is he will be able to return for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Bigby passed a running test before practice, and there is no doubt he’s been missed. It’s not a definite he will return this week and the Packers could play it safe and wait until next week’s game at New England. Having him in place for the end of the season, of course, is ket.

"Atari is making a lot of progress," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He looked good, particularly in the opponent scout reps that he was taking. It will be encouraging to see how he feels in the morning when he goes through the doctor's evaluation."

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