Notebook: Collins, Rouse will start at safety

Bigby listed as doubful on injury report; Martin back, Jones likely out; big-play Bucs receiver Galloway is out; Bucs uncertain at kicker; nominations sought for Fan Hall of Fame.

For the second consecutive week, Nick Collins and Aaron Rouse will start at safety for the Green Bay Packers.

Atari Bigby missed a third consecutive practice as he recovers from a hamstring injury sustained late in the first half of the Week 2 game at Detroit. Collins (back) and Rouse (knee), who were injured during last week's loss to Dallas, were full participants at practice on Friday.

"I thought Nick looked good (at practice)," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He had a number of pass breakups today. Hopefully, he feels well in the morning, but I thought he had a very solid day of practice."

Bigby is listed as doubtful, meaning there's a 75 percent chance he'll be unavailable for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay. Assuming Bigby is deactivated, Charlie Peprah and Jarrett Bush will be the backups at safety.

Martin for Jones

Also listed as doubtful is receiver James Jones, who aggravated a knee injury during Sunday's loss to Dallas. Jones missed all three days of practice and almost certainly won't play. Ruvell Martin, however, is off the injury report and practiced Friday without a bulky cast to protect the broken ring finger on his left hand for the first time in a couple of weeks.

"I think he's relieved just to have the club off his hand," McCarthy said, noting Martin caught the ball well in practice.

Martin, a game-day inactive the last two weeks, will pair with rookie Jordy Nelson as the third and fourth receivers against the Buccaneers. Nelson had four catches last week against Dallas with Martin deactivated and Jones on the sideline.

"It was just a little different because I got used to not using my left hand," Martin said. "I got used to that after two weeks of doing that, but I don't expect that to last very long at all."

Galloway out

The Packers' injury-plagued secondary will catch a break on Sunday. Tampa Bay's speedy Joey Galloway is out with a sprained foot.

In two games — he was out last week at Chicago, too — Galloway has eight catches for just 74 yards. In the previous three seasons, though, he has a combined 3,358 yards, 16.6 yards per reception and 23 touchdowns.

Packers injury report

Out: cornerback Al Harris (spleen).

Doubtful (75 percent chance player will not participate): safety Atari Bigby (hamstring; did not participate); fullback Korey Hall (knee; did not participate); receiver James Jones (knee; did not participate); running back Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring; did not participate).

Probable (virtual certainty player will participate): tackle Chad Clifton (knees; full participation); safety Nick Collins (back; full participation); defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee; did not participate); safety Aaron Rouse (knee; full participation); guard Josh Sitton (knee; full participation); cornerback Charles Woodson (toe; did not participate).

Changes: Gbaja-Biamila was an addition to the injury report.

Buccaneers injury report

Out: Galloway.

Doubtful: fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring; did not participate); guard Davin Joseph (foot; did not participate).

Questionable (50 percent chance player will participate): linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring; limited participation); kicker Matt Bryant (death in family; did not participate); defensive tackle Ryan Sims (groin; limited participation); cornerback Aquib Talib (hamstring; full participation).

Change: Joseph, the starting right guard for all 16 games last season, went from limited participation to did not participate and likely will miss his fourth consecutive game on Sunday. Jeremy Zuttah would take his place.

Who will kick?

Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said a decision on who will kick will be made "when we get to the stadium on Sunday."

Bryant was absent again as he and his wife grieve the death of their infant son. Gruden said the team has not signed a kicker, and said he wasn't concerned with how the kicking operation would fare with Bryant not practicing all week.

"Guys have missed practice at other positions. Unfortunately, that's just part of the business," Gruden said. "I don't worry about that right now. I'm more concerned with Matt Bryant the person. I'll just leave it at that."

Punter Josh Bidwell, a former Packer, said he wouldn't be surprised to see Bryant give it a shot on Sunday.

"He's got the free reign obviously by the team to do what he needs to do to heal," Bidwell said. "I'll be honest with you, I wouldn't be surprised to see him try to get out there, but I wouldn't fault him in any way if he just couldn't be out there. Something like this would take time for a lot of people."

Fan Hall of Fame

Nominations will be taken through Oct. 16 as the Packers seek their 11th inductee into their Fan Hall of Fame.

Fans should write an essay — 500 words of less — about themselves a friend or relative, and send it to Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI 54307-0628 or drop them off in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

A list of 10 finalists will be unveiled in November, with the selection announced on Dec. 12.

The winner will receive four club seats to a home game, a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate and a trip for two to a Packers road game. For more information, visit www.Packers.com.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com


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