Woodson, who hasn’t played since breaking his collarbone in St. Louis on Oct. 21, expects to take the field next Sunday in Minnesota and sounds anxious to do so.
“I just want to get in the game,” Woodson said. “It’s been way too long. I’ve been watching too much football from the sidelines. Even though they’re great seats, I’d much rather be playing.”
That said, Woodson doesn’t feel he’ll need a lot of time to get himself playoff-ready. The 15-year veteran has no doubts he can step right back in to Dom Capers’ defense and be an effective player. He said he’s done every drill in practice over the last few weeks, and a game is “the only drill left.”
“Next week will kind of take care of itself, and we’ll see if we should get out there and run around a little bit,” Woodson said. “I feel like whenever the time comes, I can go out there. I know how to play football. I know the defense, so when that time comes, I’ll be ready.”
If Woodson does indeed play next week at Minnesota, one of the first hits to his healed collarbone could come from Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, one of the league’s most punishing runners who could be trying to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.
That could make for a rude and rather dangerous return after missing eight games, but Woodson acknowledged that’s part of being a pro, handling those mental hurdles.
“Once you get into the game, I think all of those thoughts kind of flee your mind,” he said. “I’ll think about it for sure before I get out there on the field, but once I get out there on the field, it’s time to play football.”
Injury update: The Packers have listed RB Alex Green as questionable this week coming off a concussion. Green didn’t practice all week and hasn’t been medically cleared yet, but Mike McCarthy was anticipating Green would get clearance before Sunday. That said, it could be a heavy dose of Ryan Grant and DuJuan Harris in the ground game for Sunday.
DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring) is also listed as questionable. Worthy returned to practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.
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The Packers’ offensive line got some reinforcements at practice on Friday, as G/T T.J. Lang (concussion) and C Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder) returned to practice, though it appeared during the portion of the workout open to the media that Saturday was very limited.
DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring) also returned to practice after missing the workouts on both Wednesday and Thursday this week.
RB Alex Green (concussion) remained out, as did TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and DE C.J. Wilson (knee). FB John Kuhn, who missed practice on Thursday but was listed as “not injury related” was also absent again.
Mike McCarthy will address the media after practice and provide the final status designations on the injury report for Sunday.
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– The Packers make their second of two appearances this season on CBS. The network will air the contest to a regional audience.
– Play-by-play man Greg Gumbel and color analyst Dan Dierdorf will have the call from the broadcast booth.
– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 91) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 710.
– The image below shows an unofficial map (courtesy of the506.com) of which regions will receive the game on FOX:
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