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Charles Woodson nearing return for Packers

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Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson has missed the last five games due to a broken collarbone suffered against the St. Louis Rams in October.

Now Woodson is closing in on his return to the field.

According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Woodson may be ready in time for the Packers game against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 16. That being said, head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Woodson still has not been cleared to play.

“If you ask Charles, he’s probably pushing to play this week,” McCarthy said. “There’s some more testing that you have to do to make sure he’s cleared. He has not been cleared yet.”

The Packers have managed to get by with youth in the secondary in Woodson’s absence, but would greatly appreciate his return to the lineup. Woodson can play several positions on the field with the Packers and has a knack for being around the football. For the season, Woodson has 38 tackles, an interception and five passes defensed in seven games for Green Bay.

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11 Responses to “Charles Woodson nearing return for Packers”
  1. peopletrains says: Dec 4, 2012 2:23 AM

    After Rodgers and the emergence of Cobb, the play of the young guys in the Packers’ secondary may be the most encouraging thing about the Packers’ play this season.

  2. larryboodry says: Dec 4, 2012 2:41 AM

    The Bears will need to play their best game of the season for a chance to win that day, regardless of whether Woodson plays or not.

  3. jc1958cool says: Dec 4, 2012 7:03 AM

    maybe he could help with run defense, petersen showed they need it

  4. RedRuffensor says: Dec 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    Woodson will make some plays because he’s a wily, experienced player. But, physically, he’s done.

  5. chris6523 says: Dec 4, 2012 8:08 AM

    Hopefully when Woodson returns, he will wear a real set of shoulder pads to protect that collarbone.

  6. snaponrules says: Dec 4, 2012 8:19 AM

    The day he returns the number of non-called defensive holding penalties will double. Nothing against the Packers but it is amazing to see how much this guys gets away with right in front of the officials.

  7. anywho123 says: Dec 4, 2012 8:42 AM

    This will be Woodson’s last year in GB, “Da youth” has done a respectable job in his absence, and has not really missed a beat with him being out. Thanks for the great years Charles.

  8. stellarperformance says: Dec 4, 2012 10:05 AM

    snaponrules says:
    Dec 4, 2012 8:19 AM
    The day he returns the number of non-called defensive holding penalties will double. Nothing against the Packers but it is amazing to see how much this guys gets away with right in front of the officials.
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    So does everybody else.

    I am glad he will be back if only to govern the young guys and call out coverages that he is familiar with.

  9. vargavarga says: Dec 4, 2012 10:12 AM

    snaponrules says:

    The day he returns the number of non-called defensive holding penalties will double. Nothing against the Packers but it is amazing to see how much this guys gets away with right in front of the officials.
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    As a Packer fan, I couldn’t agree more. He basically gets away with murder every pass play. Illigal contact, holding, or pass interference. The officials let him get away with it all the time. My problem with it is if they’re going to let them play, than let them play. Don’t allow him to get away with it for three quarters and then turn around and call it on a huge third down in the fourth quarter. Just a complete lack of consistency.

  10. matckeeper says: Dec 4, 2012 3:06 PM

    I am surprised that Chuck W. didn’t have his clavicle surgically repaired, especially with this being his 2nd brake.
    -Marcus Colston was playing 3 weeks after clavicle surgery
    -Ryan Mathews was playing 5 weeks after his repair

    I had it done myself and it has been amazing the recovery time with the new surgery techniques for this injury.

    Anyway, one has to question the quality of the Packers medical staff/training staff or maybe not….but I do.
    There are so many injuries, re-injuries, and players on IR that it makes you wonder. The past 5 years have been plagued with injury, and this year is no different.

  11. lambeaufieldwest says: Dec 4, 2012 6:44 PM

    I’m holding my breath on a healthy Woodson, Matthews and Sam Shields. I have a nasty feeling that Shields is going to be out for the season.

    That being said, we need to lock up that number two seed so we can give this entire team and extra week to rest for the playoffs. If we can just get Wood and Clay back for the playoffs, we’re going to be dangerous.

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