GREEN BAY – Charles Woodson is feeling good, looking good and does not expect to be on the sideline much longer.
The Green Bay Packers veteran cornerback-turned-safety was in the locker room briefly on Thursday, and while he has already been ruled out of Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, he doesn’t expect the broken collarbone he suffered on Oct. 21 at St. Louis to keep him sidelined much longer. He said the bone has healed the way doctors had hoped but that they are taking a cautious approach with him.
“I feel good. (But) it’ll be a little while longer,” said Woodson, who turned 36 two weeks before his injury. “We’re just making sure we do it the right way and don’t come back too soon.”
Woodson suffered the injury with 2 minutes, 44 seconds left in the Packers’ 30-20 victory over the Rams when he dove for a Sam Bradford completion to wide receiver Brandon Gibson. He stayed in the game for the ensuing fourth-down play, on which Bradford completed a pass to Steve Smith, then did not return.
Woodson has 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in six games. With Woodson out, M.D. Jennings has emerged as the starter at safety and Casey Hayward and Jerron McMillian have filled in against slot receivers.
Woodson, who also broke his left collarbone in Super Bowl XLV, said shortly after this fracture that it wasn’t as severe as the first. Nevertheless, the initial diagnosis was that he would miss “approximately” six weeks, which would put his return date at the Dec. 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.
Woodson wouldn’t say Thursday when he thought he would return. The Packers have three straight NFC North games coming up against the Vikings, against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Dec. 9 and against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
“I don’t want to put it all on one game, but just hopefully it won’t be too much longer,” Woodson said. “I’ll be back soon.”
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