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Charles Woodson could return next week; McCarthy addresses other injuries, rough hits

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 3, 2012 – 4:45 pm

Charles WoodsonMike McCarthy suggested on Monday that veteran DB Charles Woodson could return from his broken collarbone in time for the Dec. 16 showdown in Chicago against the Bears.

“Maybe next week would be my guess there,” McCarthy said when asked about Woodson’s return. “If you ask Charles, he’d probably push to play this week.”

McCarthy added that more evaluations need to be done on Woodson, who has not yet been medically cleared. Woodson has been out since fracturing his collarbone on Oct. 21 at St. Louis. The upcoming Bears game would be eight weeks from the date of the injury, a standard timetable for a broken bone.

McCarthy gave no update on LB Clay Matthews, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. He did say Matthews worked out in the Hutson Center on Monday but did not elaborate.

WR Jordy Nelson, who left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, “felt something in pre-game, went back in the training room and tried to play through it,” McCarthy said. He did not expect to have Nelson this week but otherwise wasn’t overly concerned about the injury. It is the same hamstring Nelson injured earlier this season, which kept him out of one game.

Nelson’s absence forced WR Greg Jennings to play 51 snaps in his first game back after missing seven contests. That’s far more than the coaching staff planned for Jennings, who had four receptions for 46 yards, including a crucial juggling catch over the middle to convert a third down on the Packers’ final scoring drive to seal the win.

“I’m sure he’s sore,” McCarthy said of Jennings, who had surgery on an abdominal/groin muscle a month ago. “He was sore coming out of the game, which I think would be expected.”

After further review: Having reviewed the game film, McCarthy said he could see why the official flagged CB Tramon Williams for an unnecessary roughness penalty for his hit on RB Toby Gerhart on a sideline pass in the third quarter, but he didn’t necessarily agree with the call.

The Packers have had a number of penalties and/or fines for hits they didn’t necessarily believe warranted those punishments this season, but McCarthy said his staff will continue to coach the proper techniques. Any helmet-to-helmet contact on the plays in question hasn’t been intentional, McCarthy said.

“We’re trying to get our guys to play harder and be more physical, and we’ve had some things where guys are trying to do it the right way, going with their shoulder and so forth,” he said. “When you do have the tight call, the gray-area hits, there’s a little bit of, ‘Here we go again.’

“I’m talking about Brad Jones (against Detroit), Ryan Taylor (against Arizona) and (Jerron) McMillian (against the Giants). We’ve had some tough calls go against us. You just have to continue to coach through that. The league has obviously made it a priority. The fines reflect that.

“You don’t want to see anybody lose money, particularly when the intent’s not there. We’re not intending to hit helmet to helmet. I don’t think anybody is coaching or teaching that. It’s tough when you see a call go the other way when you don’t agree with it.”

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27 Responses to “Charles Woodson could return next week; McCarthy addresses other injuries, rough hits”

  1. By sandia on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Morgan Burnett saved the Packers’ entire season, plus the Drive. Now, if we can get some guy’s healthy, we could still do something in the Playoffs.

  2. By Brad on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Morgan Burnett saved the season after his missed tackles put it in Jeopardy!

  3. By Brian on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Okay okay calm down, guys. This was not a must win game. Important, yes. Must win? No. Our season would not have been over if we lost the game. And in Morgan Burnett’s defense, there were plenty of missed tackles on both of AP’s long runs. You can’t put the blame on just him. I’d be looking at people that are meant to stop the run, AJ Hawk and Brad Jones.

  4. By Tanner on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t expect a safety (other than charles woodson) to be able to tackle a full speed ahead Adrian Peterson. At best they could push him out of bounds.

  5. By Kereck on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    We gone alright once we get all our team back..woodson ..clay..jordy

  6. By Ted on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Other than the wide receivers’ issues, the offensive line need to protect Aaron Rodgers Blindside.

  7. By feistess on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Give respect where it is due. AP is a monster. That is reflected in his ability to both break a tackle, and the fact that the Vikings strategy largely involves giving him the ball as much as possible.

  8. By Chris B. on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    What do you guys think about the defense? Do you think the players are comfortable in the scheme? They don’t look like it. They look best in just straight man-to-man. Except, I think the safeties need to be more consistent in coverage. I rather not give up the wide open catches, even if the tackle does come shortly after.

    The exotic looks are nice, but they aren’t fooling the veteran QB’s, and if the players aren’t comfortable, the scheme won’t be the biggest success. Dom, let’s ask the players what they think, and we into latter part of the season. Let’s come up with something great, that the players can excel in.

  9. By Chris B. on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    We know that we have always had to get Adrian Peterson in the backfield. That is when our success has come against him. Nothing more, nothing less, we just didn’t bring him down in the backfield, and 200 yards was the result. We gotta stop the run. We didn’t stop it last week either, and that had to have been a goal right.

  10. By john on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I watched AP throw a lb off him during a run but the 6-3 and outs won this game AP cant hurt us if he is on the sideline.

  11. By Pack4ever12 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Didn’t expect AP to have the day he had but then again we are missing our 2 best defensive players and a handful of others. I am very optimistic and excited about all the talent in our secondary especially since Woodson’s carreer is coming to an end. We really miss 36 but what can you do? It’s time for Clay to get back out there and I know he’s ready. Expect a big game from 52 when that time comes

  12. By chad on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    First of all.. safeties are meant to help out in the run.. hence the word safety?? why were we having the safety creep into box if hes not supposed to give run support? If you get your hands on him. WRAP UP! Thats the problem. They will get it cleaned up tho. And we are hurting without the great 36 back there. Agreed although.. AP is a beast. The key is to limit his space. And good luck on that. If the pack wants to make that legendary run. They better figure out how to keep A-rod upright and clean.. Thats the key. I never seen a qb win a game on the ground. (unless your rg3 and playing the giants.. for those who caught the game lastnight.)

  13. By David Schwalm on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Morgan Burnett can’t tackle! Why is playing safety. To bad they don’t have a position for players who can’t tackle. He is going to cost us another game if he keeps playing.

  14. By corncob on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Things are looking great for the Packers right now. Most of the players should be getting back into the game especially these next 4 games and plaloffs. Playoffs!!! Did I hear playoffs??? When you look around the league, who would of thought the the Packers, Niners, and Giants would be all tied up in the NFC race (accept for Alanta) with four games left. The Pack has a great opportunity, to even seize home feild advantage if they canm, and they will finish strong, with key players getting back in there!!! Go Pack Go!!!

  15. By wesley on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    chad, safetys arent meant to be run support. theyre supposed to be a “safety net” over the top. nothing is supposed to get past them. linebackers are meant for run defense. using a safety up on the run is more or less for having an extra man up there that the offense has to block immediately. the average running back probably out-weighs the average safety by around 30 lbs. thats a mismatch from the get go. i dont really expect them to make the tackle in the open field, but i sure like it if they do.

  16. By Dana on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Ready for clay Matthews to get back out there the last three games have been not up to my standards on defense. Lets know when he is coming back I know he can do it and its driving me nuts seeing him on the sidelines! We can do this pack lets come out and get to the playoffs!!!! GO PACK GO!!!!!!

  17. By Mary Ann Potts on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t protect Aaron. He is running for his life most of the time. Where oh where is the offensive line? We are going to lose if there isn’t a little more effort protecting the QB? I could not believe how poorly we played against the Giants. It was embarrassing! I think that we have more talent than that display.

  18. By william burnell on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    i think alot of us get frustrated when our injured guysare standing on the sidelines when we desperately need them in the game,but, i guess it”s better to have them take the time to heal so they”re playing at near 100 percent. hopefully they will all be back and healthy for the playoffs, we”ll just have to wait and see

  19. By PAPacker on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Why such concern about defense. Will get even better when IR guys return. McCarthy is right when it is offense that needs to score more. OL needs to improve pass protection.
    An unbruised Rodgers is key to playoff hopes.

  20. By Coconutclamp on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    The only tangible problem with the Packers right now that is causing their weak performances in some recent games is their poor pass blocking up front. Injuries hurt (no pun intended) but the players just haven’t been motivated and played with energy through most of this season.

    If I could give that team a pep talk it would be this: There are millions of people, from kids to adults, that would do anything to play in the NFL and specifically for the Green Bay Packers. I know you get paid and work very hard for it, but if you view playing football in the NFL as a job rather than an enormous blessing and privilege, you need to recheck your attitude or move on to something else.

  21. By kyle on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    i dont care who we lose off of our team
    or how bad we are doing i will be a packers fan till i die!!!!

  22. By kyle landers on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    another thing is we could be 0-15 then lose the next game and i would still be a packers fan for life because i love my greenbay packers!!!

  23. By DaPeoplesChamp on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Green Bay has lucked out with its soft schedule to be 8-4. They have the worst offensive line in the league,the worst kicker by far in the league (he can’t kick in good weather or domes and its about to get cold,he’s only going to get worse and cost the Pack another game..”Colts”) and an average defense at best that has been getting exposed in the run game for the poor tackling team that it is. They are also either the worst conditioned team in the league with the worst trainers or just a big bunch of pussies with all the injuries more worried about money and making commercials (Jennings,Raji,Matthews). Makes me miss Brett Favre even more at least you know he would play every game hurt or not because he always would man up and never needed a game off to rest!!!!I’m tired about hearing about Ted Thompson and how great he is in the draft and all of his depth he has.He has depth at one position wide receiver.What happens if Rodgers goes down? Harrell please!! Where is the depth on the offensive line?2 practice squad players horrible!!!!How about on defense?Where is the pass rush without Clay?0 sacks against the Vikings last week!!!Thompson gets too much credit and not enough criticism for his draft picks and depth.Lets mention about his horrible overated first round picks.Justin Harrell injury prone plus new that coming out of draft that he was in college),B.J. Raji (overrated fat ass)Derrick Sherrod(bust injury prone),Bryan Bulaga(bust… can’t pass protect,slow and now hurt),Nick Perry bust!!!! never heard of him one dimensional player can’t cover or play the run and now the pussy is hurt you never waste a first round pick on a 1 dimensional player!!!

    Yes believe it or not I am a Packer fan but a very realistic one. I see the team for what it is and it is definitely not a good one.They have a ton of weakenesses that have been exposed lately and they are very overated!!The Vikings a very one dimensional team the Pack new what they were going to do and couldn’t stop them and thats sad.Looking forward to Woodson coming back why?He is old,injury prone,and bad penalty prone because he is washed up!! That leaves Mr. Rodgers the self centered pre-madonna qb. If he gets protection and nobody touches him he is an elite qb which anybody would be. However if he gets hit sacked,or pressured he gets an attitude starts throwing picks,gets scared and is like a deer in headlights. With the Pack’s horrible offensive line we can expect alot more of this.

    So sorry to sound so negative Pack fans but I’m being honest and I’m not blind. Just think even with all of these problems the Pack should be 9-3 (Seattle b.s.)but this is definitely not a Super Bowl team and will be exposed in the playoffs with no running game,no pass rush,horrible kicker and offensive line!!Teams will sit back in a cover 2 with a 4 more front still get pressure and frustrate Rodgers into picks and poor throws without the threat of a running game.So be disappointed when they lose in the playoffs but not surprised.There is no way you can make an honest argument for the points I just made about their weaknesses the numbers don’t lie.The only thing you can say is their 8-4 record but like I said they will get exposed for their weakenesses in the playoffs and then people will realize Mr. Thompson doesn’t really have that much depth….

  24. By BorninMpls on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    folks, the game is won in the trenches. If we don’t block on offense we are going to get out mvp qb hurt. We were thin at o-line to start the year, and injuries have not helped. Until our younger guys block better, we are going to have problems scoring points.

    Having said that, all the talk about the defense comes down to two things. Line play and tackling. We have not tackled well all season and AP just emphasized that. But, bad as we think Cutler is, he will chew us up if we don’t get more of a pass rush. Our db’s get exposed when the opposing qb has a lifetime to pass, or a huge hole to escape the pocket. When we get these three areas down, we will be as good as anyone.

  25. By CanPack on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lots of people here are sayin’ that there is horrible tackling. When you get someone as skilled and as strong as AP, he’s hard to wrap up. Its not just our team that’s struggled against him, he is one of the best backs in history, so remember that. Though we do have problems with tackles on the outside really, center isn’t so bad, its near the sidelines. Clay will be great to have back, same with Woodson, but hopefully Shields is back since we’ve definetly missed him as well. Should be a good welcome back game for a couple boys, since the Lions aren’t a threat like the Bears.

  26. By Nwoods on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    Nobody talks about desmond bishop he is the best tackler on the team. And DJ smith is probably better than hawk. In their defense linebackers are so vital and it doesn’t help having your inside LBs out for the run D. Bishop could also blitz and man to man coverage is above average. Zombo and So’oto could help with the run D as well

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