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Safeties Bigby, Smith will likely miss Falcons game

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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It appears the Packers will be without the services of safeties Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith for their game against the Atlanta Falcons this week. Bigby suffered a hamstring injury and Smith an ankle sprain against the Minnesota Vikings. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at his press conference today that it will be a challenge for either player to see action this week because of those injuries. The Packers are down to three healthy safeties on their roster: starters Nick Collins and Charlie Peprah, and backup Jarrett Bush, who doubles as a cornerback. It's possible the Packers might bring up safety Anthony Levine from the practice squad this week. The other injury McCarthy mentioned was an arch sprain by center Scott Wells. He said the team is monitoring that injury. He also noted that Wells is having his most consistent season. In other highlights from McCarthy's presser: *He spoke highly of his staff. Although he doesn't want to lose anyone, McCarthy said there are a number of assistants on his staff, including Dom Capers, worthy of being an NFL head coach.  *He likes what rookie running back Dimitri Nance showed against the Vikings. He said Brandon Jackson and Dimitri Nance make a good 1-2 punch.  *Ryan Pickett and Donald Driver both came through the Vikings game fine physically. *Nothing out of the norm is being done to get Greg Jennings the ball in recent weeks. They are moving him around, remain cognizant of defensive matchups and are staying with their base concepts. *Having so many Packers fans at the Metrodome was awesome, McCarthy said. He said his team was having a lot of fun on the sidelines in the fourth quarter.   *Since an 18-penalty performance against the Bears, which McCarthy said contributed to the 20-17 loss, there has been emphasis on not committing penalties. The players have responded, he said. *Regarding Brad Childress' firing by the Vikings, McCarthy said you never want to see that and feel for his family. He acknowledged it's a bottom line business and part of the job description. It's a tough business from a lot of different angles. *Aaron Rodgers is playing at a high level the last three or four weeks. He did a good job in post-snap reads and adjustments. *He's very happy with the job the defense is doing, especially keeping opponents out of the end zone. The team spent a lot of time in the off-season on red-zone defense, with Dom Capers and his staff adjusting some things conceptually and coverage-wise. In yesterday's game against the Vikings, the Packers defense performed at its highest efficiency of the season, McCarthy said. In the first Vikings game, in which the Packers won 28-24, the defense performed at its lowest efficiency. *The Packers have moved to plus-8 in turnover differential. McCarthy stressed again that he wants to see that number rise to plus-10 or better. On offense the Packers are taking care of the football, as evidenced by no giveaways in the past three games.

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