Packers notebook

Rosters moves; Moll prepares to start for Tauscher; Favre sets another record

The Green Bay Packers Wednesday signed safety Atari Bigby from their practice squad and placed both wide receiver Shaun Bodiford and tight end Tory Humphrey on injured reserve, the Packers announced.

In addition Wednesday, the team signed tackle Orrin Thompson to take Bigby's place on the practice squad.

Bigby, a 5-foot-11, 211-pound safety out of Central Florida, is a first-year player who made his NFL debut for the Packers on Christmas Day last year vs. Chicago. He played in NFL Europe last spring for the Amsterdam Admirals, starting all 10 regular-season games and recording 61 tackles (43 solo) with one interception and four passes defensed. Bigby sustained a broken hand early in training camp and has spent the first 10 weeks of this season on the Green Bay practice squad.

Bodiford likely sustained a broken right shin while returning the game-opening kickoff Sunday at Minnesota. The rookie was fourth on the depth chart for an already depleted receiving corps. The Packers have yet to indicate if Bodiford fractured his leg.

Humphrey likely sustained a torn hamstring against the Vikings. He was fourth on the depth chart at tight end behind Bubba Franks, David Martin and Donald Lee.

Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 322-pound tackle out of Duke, had spent most of his career on the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins, who allocated him to NFL Europe this past spring. Originally signed by Miami as a non-drafted free agent in 2005, he'll wear No. 69 for the Packers.

Moll prepares to start
Green Bay's coaches have no reservations going with three rookies on the offensive line, which likely will be the case Sunday when the Packers host New England. Right tackle Mark Tauscher is doubtful after aggravating a pulled right groin in the third quarter of the 23-17 win at Minnesota last Sunday.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the team will prepare rookie Tony Moll the next few days in practice for his first start at right tackle. The team hasn't ruled out the durable Tauscher, who's started 60 straight games, from getting back on the field by the weekend, but it's a longshot.

So, Moll likely will be back in the starting lineup. The fifth-round draft pick, once thought to be a project for this season, made tremendous progress in the preseason and earned a starting job at right guard to open the season.

He started the first four games, but a combination of inconsistent play and the emergence of Daryn Colledge cost Moll the starting job. Colledge, a second-round draft pick, had been demoted from a starting spot at left guard early in the preseason and replaced by fellow rookie Jason Spitz, who was starting at right guard.

Since Week 5, Colledge and Spitz have been the starting guards, with the exception of the Oct. 22 win at Miami. Colledge moved to left tackle to replace an ill Chad Clifton; Spitz shifted to left guard; and Moll started at right guard. The youthful line allowed only two sacks, both by Jason Taylor against Colledge early in the game, before protection adjustments were made to keep quarterback Brett Favre upright.

Following his early-season demotion, Moll has been the backup at both guard and tackle on the right side. He was converted from tight end to right tackle his last year in college at Nevada.

McCarthy said Moll's best spot is tackle, so there's a comfort level in putting him there even against the Patriots' formidable defensive front.

"I think you'll see him settle down and play better when he gets to stay in one place for a while," McCarthy said.

Moll gave up just one pressure after replacing Tauscher for the final 18 minutes of the game Sunday.

Extra points
QB Brett Favre set a league record in the 23-17 win over the Vikings. He had two touchdown passes, giving him 198 for his career on the road, which eclipsed the previous benchmark of 197 by Dan Marino. Favre, who had a season-high 347 passing yards Sunday, has a total of 409 career touchdown passes, 11 short of Marino's record.

-- WR Donald Driver has positioned himself as one of the league's most productive receivers this season after a career-best 191-yard performance Sunday. Driver had only six receptions, but 82 yards came on a catch-and-run touchdown that put the Packers ahead to stay at 17-14 before halftime. He also was credited with 30 receiving yards after taking a lateral from Greg Jennings. Driver has 56 catches, tying him with Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. for second in the league behind Houston's Andre Johnson (68). Driver is sixth in the league with 771 receiving yards.

-- WLB A.J. Hawk continues to outdo himself. This year's first-round draft pick had season highs of 1.5 sacks and 17 tackles (12 solo), the latter credited by the coaching staff after reviewing the film of Sunday's game. Hawk has a team-high 90 tackles, an average of 10 per game that puts him on pace to finish with 160, which would be six short of Rich Wingo's team record for a rookie in 1979.

-- RB Ahman Green had a streak of three straight 100-yard games stopped by Minnesota's top-ranked rushing defense. Green managed only 55 yards in 22 carries - his second-lowest yardage output of the season.

-- TE Bubba Franks, without a catch in the previous two games, had two receptions for 22 yards Sunday. Franks, who has only 14 catches this season, had a key grab for 18 yards in a fourth-quarter drive that ended with a field goal that gave the Packers some breathing room with a 23-14 lead.

-- SLB Brady Poppinga's first sack of the season was a significant one. A blitzing Poppinga forced a fumble by Brad Johnson, and defensive tackle Corey Williams recovered it deep in Vikings territory. The Packers cashed in with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Favre to Noah Herron for a 10-0 lead.

-- DE Aaron Kampman was held sackless for the first time in six games. Kampman, who has 9 1/2 sacks, also relinquished the league lead. Carolina's Julius Peppers hiked his total to 11 with three Monday night against Tampa Bay.


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