Atari Bigby will have surgery

This is an example in how to not manage your offseason.

This is a tale about Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby, who didn’t like the tender he received as a restricted free agent, didn’t sign it, got a pay cut and then showed up for training camp injured.

A league source told the National Football Post he believed Bigby could be headed to surgery and that is exactly what is going to happen. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Bigby will have surgery on his left ankle on Friday in Charlotte, N.C. Noted foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson will operate on him.

Bigby told Silverstein it’s a “clean up” and that he will be back in action soon. In the meantime, third-round draft pick Morgan Burnett continues to get daily opportunities to win a starting job next to Nick Collins in the secondary.

“Basically, this is a clean up of the first surgery,” said Bigby, who declined to say if it was an arthroscopic surgery or something more invasive.

Bigby was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the beginning of training camp. His tender offer was cut by the team to $1.6995 million after the June 15 deadline passes. Burnett was going to have an opportunity to win a job as it is. Now, he might win it by default depending on how long it takes Bigby to rally from surgery.

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