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Charles Woodson aiming for next week

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 21, 2012 – 3:35 pm

Charles WoodsonPackers DB Charles Woodson has been ruled out again for Sunday’s game, leaving him only one more opportunity to return to the field prior to the playoffs.

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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32 Responses to “Charles Woodson aiming for next week”

  1. By NIGERlAGU£ST on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    I was doing a little looking around on the internet and I saw that there are things such as diaper parties that are held all arond the country, mostly from what I can tell in the bigger cities around the country!

  2. By Peter Tantillo on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t bother coming back. Woodson has been out way too long for this. If he goes out there he’s going to get burnt. He’s not that great that there has been a drop in the 2nd dary. Go home,come back next year.

  3. By Shredd on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Go elsewhere diaper boy

  4. By Alex on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Much as I’d love to see him play, the Vikings game will likely be meaningless after the 49ers kick the snot out of the overrated Seahawks. If Sir Charles gets nicked up in a meaningless Vikings game he’ll be out for the playoffs. I’d only play him if MM would let him kick FGs since he’d undoubtedly be better than the artist formerly known as Mason Crosby.

  5. By tim schultz on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    great to see that Charles is amped up for a return…….its like having a coach on the field when hes out there……

  6. By Zach on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    How can you hate on Woodson? he’s a huge part of our team even if he isn’t playing his best, the experience and wisdom the guy can bring to our very young seconday. That and he is good at the line of scrimage with some of our blitz packages. I’m kind of disappointed by you guys

  7. By Jake on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Woodson is one of my favorite Packers and the only Packer that I’d buy a jersey of right now.

  8. By Jake on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Your fired. No need to right your blurbs any more.

  9. By Don Christensen on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply


    Noone is hating on Charles Woodson. Charles was an excellent player and an even better player. Unfortunately, his game has deminished and younger players are ready to replace him. He has so many penalties when he plays because he can’t keep up with opposing reievers and his tackling is terrible. TRUE Packer fans want winners and are willing to admit when players need to be replaced. If we are to stay loyal to all veterans, we are only kidding ourselves. Charles had a great career and gave everything to this team. Wish himm the best and let him go.

  10. By randy moss on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Bring the heat. Enough said!

  11. By Pack4ever12 on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    We need Jordy back out there!!! He is the Packers best receiver and I’m sick of mm being mum on his status. When is he coming back dammit

  12. By just sayin on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Just wondering if the Packers are giving us the company line on Woodson’s return. They did the same thing with guy’s like Atari Bigby, and Al Harris when they lost their job to injury.
    Woodson was the most penalized defensive player in the NFC before his injury, and the younger guy’s have stepped in and getting better every game.

  13. By Rusty Draper on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Are you kidding me ? Let Woodson go ? He is the backbone of our defense . Yea the young guys have stepped in and filled the void. C.W. is a future hall of fame player that still can out think and out play most of the young guys in the league . Yea he draws penalties that is because he is not afraid to get physical . He has always given 100% and the Packers know and respect him for that. M.M. will play him when the time is right . The new guys are learning and that will benefit the Pack in the future. Charles Woodson is still the present and will prove it come playoff time.

  14. By Ron Garza on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Poochie (childhood nickname) has earned the right
    to come back

  15. By mr knowit all on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    fire Rodgers and bring back Brett

  16. By Deadcheese on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    You can’t call yourself a true Packers fan and diminish Woodson’s abilities and knowledge the way you just did. I agree with someone below me that said that Woodson isn’t afraid to be physical. Yes, I’ve noticed that sometimes he can’t keep up but that’s why he’ll be extra physical. How many other players in the league can you say the same for? They’d rather cheat than impose their will on the receiver they’re defending. Woodson would, and mark my words, give the D some extra ability to pick the ball off and stop the run. He’s not afraid to stick his nose in there and you very well should know that, as a “TRUE” Packers fan. Who we’re teams scared of when he was D.P.O.Y.? Collins was 2nd on the Pack in INT’s that year because they began to regret throwing to Woodson and tried throwing somewhere else. I hope Woodson comes back and solidifies the SS position cuz we all know he’d be an upgrade and help our D be–can you believe it–even better!

  17. By Apes on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    That’s incorrect they could still lose next week after the packers play!

  18. By joshua degroot on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    charles woodson is the only defensive player to ever win the heisman trophy he is an 8 time pro bowler and is still one of the best defensive players in the league and you think we should let him go sounds so logical

  19. By just sayin on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Just to clarify my earlier post.
    I do not want Woodson replaced.
    We, the fans fell for this company line about returning Bigby, and Harris to play and they never did because of the stepping up of the younger guys.
    We, the fans have been patronized with this bull-lony before
    Go Wood!!.

  20. By Rick on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    just sayin, teams issue bull-lony statements because fans and media hound them relentlessy for information that needs to remain proprietary.

  21. By Kevin on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    This is a very different situation than Bigby and Harris. When Woodson comes back, he’ll instantly improve the defense. Hayward will stay in the slot, allowing Woodson to help Burnett more at the other safety. Wood doesn’t have to play 8 positions anymore because other guys are starting to step up- he can play safety and dimeback, and trust me, he will excel. He still has A LOT left in the tank.

  22. By woodson fan on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Amen to what Jake said! Woodson is one of the few players whose jersey I wouldn’t hesitate to wear besides Rodgers and Matthews. CW is going to be a first ballot hall of famer and possibly one of the best corners to ever play the game! He can do things on defense not many other corners in the league can do. Also like Chris Berman would say “and oh btw” Woodson’s career isn’t over yet. Even though he’s not playing right now, I believe when he comes back, he will make a huge impact on defense to help for a playoff and superbowl run!

  23. By Pack4ever12 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Harris and Bigby are not the player Woodson is… That’s a different story entirely. Different injuries and in fact Bigby wasn’t an injury casualty, he was just a bad player apart from the Seattle playoff game years ago

  24. By drom9090 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mason is gonna get the Pack beat in the playoffs..

  25. By drom9090 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Two collarbone injuries in what? Two years? Maybe Pack and CW need to put some effort into special pads and different tackling technique??

  26. By drom9090 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    More penalties than Al Harris??!!

    Woodson’s penalties are a product of playing a lot closer to that edge than most DBs.. Also in knowing when to draw the flag rather than give up the TD. Many DBs can’t cover close enough to draw a penalty even if they WANTED to.

  27. By Kevin on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think Charles Woodson’s game has diminished all that much. Charles doesn’t play Cornerback anymore. He’s a roving Safety used strategically on blitz packages. The man is a true warrior and a Green Bay Packer for life. His mentality is EXACTLY what we need in the playoffs, ESPECIALLY when the going starts to get a little rough in hostile settings like SF and ATL. The man doesn’t get intimidated. He’s a machine!

  28. By just sayin on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Is Wood’s injury a matter of National Security that it should be treated like some Area 51 Nevada secret?
    We, the fan’s, of which some are Owners, are hoping the Packers are honest about Woodson’s return.
    @Rusty Draper
    Wood’s being penalized more this year is not an opinion. Unfortunately, it is a fact. His physicality makes him special and one of the many reason why we love him. However, he’s been too physical with receivers before they catch the ball, not after. My question is why?. Why this year more resulting in more flags than any other year?. My Fear is the Packers will view this as him being over the hill and not return him given the good play of the younger guy’s
    Go Wood! Return Wood!

  29. By greentothebone on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    /Cold day here in Michigan. A Packers win would warm it up a lot!!

  30. By greentothebone on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Woodson is a gamer. If he states his case that he is ready to play , he will be in there. He should know his own body by now.

  31. By Kevin on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Charles Woodson did for GB what Reggie White did for GB. He elevated everyone’s game. Al Harris was good before Charles came, and he became a Pro Bowler while Charles was there. Same thing for Tramon and Nick Collins. Along with some very good coaching, Charles Woodson is responsible for elevating the game of these players. Sam Shields and Casey Hayward are next. Woodson treats these guys like men, not boys. I like what when Charles is asked to comment on another player when they have a couple of interceptions… “that’s what we get paid to do…make plays”.

  32. By PackerBilly on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    An anxious, amped and FRESH Wood in lieu of M.D. Jennings for the play-offs, in a warm-up game AT MN? That’s the ??????????? Seriously, folks. No offense to ‘Doc’ and “the New guys”, who ARE doing very well, but it seems to be pretty much a no-brainer. Why don’t we just wait and see how Wood does and take it from there ? Besides, the youngsters might WANT to see the Master in action, practicing what he preaches/teaches. Sounds like a win-win. He’s got a bit left in the tank and will lay it all on the line every chance he gets. He’s earned the right to get a chance. Go get ‘em. Wood. God Bless you and Merry Christmas everybody.(Go Russell Wilson!)

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