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Woodson nearing return; no Matthews update yet

Dec 03, 2012 -- 8:07pm
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Charles Woodson voices his opinion from the sideline Sunday against Minnesota.

GREEN BAY – Charles Woodson is getting close.

The Green Bay Packers veteran safety said on Nov. 22 that it would “be a little while longer” before he returned from his broken collarbone, and apparently, he’s now on the verge of returning.

While Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t sound optimistic that Woodson would play next Sunday night against Detroit at Lambeau Field, he did sound encouraged by Woodson’s progress.

“Charles is probably … I would think maybe next week would be my guess there,” McCarthy said, referring to the team’s Dec. 16 game at Chicago. “If you ask Charles, he’s probably pushing to play this week. There’s some more testing that you have to do to make sure he’s cleared. He’s not been cleared yet.”

Woodson suffered the injury on Oct. 21 at St. Louis and has missed the past five games, including Sunday’s 23-14 victory over Minnesota. Woodson was on the sideline for the game and didn’t appear to have any problems while disputing a personal foul penalty on teammate Tramon Williams

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Woodson has been at practice and has even participated – sort of.

“The first step will be to get him back on the practice field and see where he is. He’s been coming out and running some routes on the service team and doing those types of things, so I don’t think there’s any problem with his movement and that,” Capers said Monday. “It’s just when they feel it’s time that he can go ahead and take some blows on that shoulder.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy had no substantive update on outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who missed his third straight game Sunday with the hamstring injury he suffered Nov. 4 against Arizona.

“I know Clay worked out today,” McCarthy said. “I have not gotten the results of that yet down in the Hutson Center.”

Matthews did not practice last week in advance of the Vikings game, but he was not immediately ruled out at the start of the week and was supposed to revisit the possibility of practicing last Friday. He wound up not practicing and sitting out again.

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