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"That is half the battle," Woodson said. "He knows the defense, so just to have us at full strength, having him back, running around, his enthusiasm, helps out a lot."
But for the Packers' defense to live up to expectations, Bigby has to stay on the field.
Undrafted out of Central Florida, Bigby spent most of the 2005 and 2006 seasons on the Packers' practice squad while playing in a handful of games. He had a breakout season in 2007, starting every game and leading the team with five interceptions -- including four in the month of December, earning him NFC defensive player of the month honors.
But Bigby played in only seven games last season, sidelined by nagging ankle, hamstring and shoulder injuries.
He spent the season downplaying his health problems to reporters, in large part because players from opposing teams were calling him sniffing around for information -- something Bigby says is common around the league and happened again this week with Lions safety Marquand Manuel, a former Packer.
"Other teams, they're looking out for that," Bibgy said. "Other guys call me up and say, 'Bigs, are you playing this week?' So from that standpoint, I didn't want to be out there and be a target."
Bigby says the injuries haven't shaken his confidence.
"I know I'm a good player," Bigby said. "I've just had bad luck with injuries, and I know that as soon as I get back to healthy, I'll be that same guy -- if not better."
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