Packers will be thin at safety when they head to Atlanta

The Green Bay Packers will likely have the unenviable task of trying to stop Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the Georgia Dome without two safeties.

Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the Packers are expected to be without veterans Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith for Sunday’s NFC showdown, a possible preview to a playoff meeting. Bigby suffered a hamstring injury and Smith had an ankle sprain in the Packers’ blowout win at Minnesota on Sunday.

The Packers are now dangerously thin at the position. Starters Nick Collins and Charlie Peprah, who replaced rookie Morgan Burnett when he was lost for the season to injured reserve, project to be the only healthy safeties on the roster. Peprah had to come out of the game in Minnesota with cramps and they resorted to using cornerback Jarrett Bush.

“We’ve got some options,” safeties coach Darren Perry said. “The good thing about it is, we’ve been here before. We’ve got some guys we’ve asked to be ready. “I know both of those guys want to play. We’ll be prepared either way.”

Ryan is 18-1 at the Georgia Dome and with one more win he will equal Danny White’s 19-1 record to begin his career at Texas Stadium.

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