Packers Activate Bigby, Not Harris

S Atari Bigby (Rob Tringali/Getty)

Safety Atari Bigby is brought off the PUP list but Charlie Peprah will remain the starter at safety.

Atari Bigby: Yes.

Al Harris: Not yet.

The Green Bay Packers activated Bigby off of the physically unable to perform list on Saturday, filling the vacant roster spot created by the release of Michael Montgomery earlier in the week.

Bigby started 33 games from 2007 through 2009, with 10 interceptions. A restricted free agent, Bigby skipped all of the offseason workouts while seeking a long-term contract. He didn't get that contract but signed his restricted tender in time for training camp. However, after passing his pre-camp conditioning test, a chronically sore ankle acted up and the Packers failed him on his physical. Bigby had surgery in early August and was put on the PUP list.

The Packers are 25-8 when Bigby starts but he won't supplant Charlie Peprah in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Dallas, defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. Since allowing a couple long receptions against Washington in his starting debut in Week 5, Peprah has been impactful the last three weeks.

"Charlie's been highly productive," safeties coach Darren Perry said on Friday. "He hasn't been a guy that's just been lining up. I could probably line up and be in the right place, but I'm not going to make any plays, not at my age. But Charlie's been productive. While there's always plays you'd like to have back, in terms of giving up and explosives, but for the most part he's been in good position and he's been productive, consistent and reliable, which is what we saw in the preseason and throughout OTAs. It's no surprise."

Harris and rookie running back James Starks remain on the PUP list. The Packers will have to decide on their futures by Monday — either activating them, releasing them or putting them on season-ending injured reserve. To activate one or both, a corresponding roster move or moves will have to be made.


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