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Charles Woodson out six weeks with fractured collarbone

10/22/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Green Bay Packers’ secondary took a huge hit on Monday after coach Mike McCarthy announced that safety Charles Woodson will miss up to six weeks due to a right collarbone fracture.
 
However, Charles Woodson appeared to show no signs of an injury during the Green Bay Packers’ 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams. Charles Woodson took every single snap in the game and even lingered behind to interact with the media after the game. The fact that Charles Woodson was unaware of the injury for so long could possibly mean that it isn’t such a serious injury and most likely only a partial collarbone fracture.
 
Mike McCarthy confirmed Charles Woodson’s status as injured following an MRI scan that revealed the fractured collarbone on Monday morning.
 
Charles Woodson sustained a similar injury to the left collarbone during the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ last season. Mike McCarthy believes that the current collarbone fracture isn’t as serious as Charles Woodson’s last injury.
 
The 36-year-old Charles Woodson, who’s predominantly played cornerback for the last 14 seasons before being moved to safety y this offseason, is one of the Green Bay Packer’ most versatile player. Although Charles Woodson hasn’t been so productive in terms of coverage and has been called out for defensive pass interference, the eight-time Pro-Bowler is a key feature of the Green Bay Packers; upfield scheme and in facilitating the run-game.
 
The Green Bay Packers are coming off two straight wins and host the Jacksonville Jaguars in their next game on Sunday for their third victory. With their arguably second most valuable defensive player behind outside linebacker Clay Matthews down with a collarbone injury, the Green Bay Packers’ secondary could be in big trouble.
 
The Green Bay Packers were already forced to sit out four of their defensive starters: nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle), outside linebacker Nick Perry (knee), wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin) and cornerback Sam Shields (shin/ankle) against the St. Louis Rams due to injuries.
 
Charles Woodson recorded 28 tackles (with 25 solo), one interception and fumble each as well as 1.5 sacks while playing seven games this season.
 
Sunday’s win was crucial to the 4-3 Green Bay Packers, who slid back to the .500 winning percentage.
The 2009 Defensive Player of the year Charles Woodson, ranking 19th in the NFL with 55 career interceptions won’t be appearing in Green Bay Packers’ crucial games against the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. However, Charles Woodson is expected to return by the December 9, when the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions.
 
In Charles Woodson’ absence with a fractured collarbone, backup rookie M.D. Jennings is expected to start on the spot. Other Green Bay Packers reserve safeties include Sean Richardson and Jerron McMillan.
 
The Green Bay Packers have additional depth in the secondary with cornerbacks Casey Hayward, Davon House and Sam Shields to pull them through Week 8.
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