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Charles Woodson

The Green Bay Packers will be without safety Charles Woodson for the next six weeks, after he fractured his collarbone against the Rams on Sunday.

If this comes as a surprise, it should. Woodson played almost all of the Packers defensive snaps on Sunday.

Although he isn’t having one of his usual Hall-of-Fame caliber years, Woodson is still the backbone of the Packers defense. He had five tackles on Sunday and has 38 on the year. He also has 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Those aren’t great numbers for Charles Woodson, but they’re better numbers than either of his backups have ever put up.

The Packers will either turn to M.D. Jennings or rookie Jerron McMillian to replace Woodson in the starting lineup. Both have already seen extensive action this season because Woodson moves to cornerback in the Packers nickel package and either Jennings or McMillian replace him at safety.

This will probably also mean more Casey Hayward and Davon House in sub-packages, where someone will have to step in for Woodson at corner.

The good news is this, the Packers face Jacksonville and Arizona at home before they have their bye week. So, essentially, they have three bye weeks in a row. Their post-bye schedule is tougher — at Detroit, at the Giants, and Minnesota at home.

Hopefully, these young guys will get some good experience against a couple patsies before they really get tested.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. TyKoSteamboat October 22, 2012

    The schedule is in our favor for the first 3 weeks of this injury.
    This sucks, but it’s not season ending.
    With exception to Des Bishop & D.J. Smith, we’ve been lucky compared to other teams.

  2. PackAttack October 22, 2012

    In the long run this might actually help. Gives Jennings and McMillan some extensive action and it gives the front office and the coaching staff a chance to evaluate their talent on the big stage. Don’t get me wrong losing Woodson sucks, but this was gong to happen sooner rather than later. Better now than in the Super Bowl — or wait…..

    Casey Heywayrd has emerged this year — hopefully Jennings or McMillan can too.

  3. Workman29 October 22, 2012

    I agree, if I were to choose a time for this injury to take place it would be now. It gives us a look at a future without Woodson and just like the Superbowl season we will get healthy at the right time. Its all about just making the playoffs, if we can win some games and get Woodson, Raji, Jennings, Benson, and Perry back we’ll be in good shape

  4. AZ Pack October 22, 2012

    Agreed with both comments. C Wood is a big time leader for the Pack, however our depth at all positions except for QB is pretty awesome. Good job, Teddy! Go Pack Go!

  5. iltarion October 22, 2012

    I predict right now that C-Wood will be back for either the Giants or the Vikings. This is a 4-6 week injury, and C-Wood has had a more extensive break of his clavicle before.

    This makes the Packers very young on the back end with Tramon Williams now suddenly being the “veteran” of the secondary.

    We will see how this affects our run defense, which is where I would expect the biggest impact. The good news for the Packers is that they have been playing MD Jennings and Jerron McMillian a lot, and you might actually be IMPROVING the coverage in the nickel by allowing either Hayward/House or Hayward/Shields to be on the field at the same time.

    Also, as Monty correctly noted, this is a good place in the schedule for this injury. Neither JAX nor AZ have offenses that will likely be able to take advantage of any perceived weakness.

  6. buddy October 22, 2012

    Woodson will bring the energy from the sidelines until he’s healthy. Only 5 games, 4 of which should be easy wins.

  7. TyKoSteamboat October 22, 2012

    He will only be missed @ NY
    We play the Detriot Laydowns out of the bye…
    And if you’re watching tonights game, then you know we have NOTHING to worry about as far as that no talent, slap-dick sorry excuse for a shitty NFL football team.
    Way to give the Suckcocko Bears a game you lousy piles of garbage.
    Fuck the bears & fuck the Detriot Laydowns & fuck the ViQueens too.

  8. DevilDon October 22, 2012

    It’s just crazy the Packers have drafted heavy at CB and safety the last couple years no? It’s almost as if they anticipated the loss of CWood.
    I almost hoped they’d want to sit him for a bit the next few games to give the new guys some game time over the next two games. I guess it’ll be a bit more than that but maybe they get their legs under them sooner.

  9. Silva October 22, 2012

    I believe the packers need to bring Charlie peprah back. He knows the system and he should be cheap to have for the remainder of the year.

  10. Kristofer from Oshkosh October 23, 2012

    This is an awesome opportunity for the Packers to put their young cornerback talent on stage. Davon House was all but set to be the starter before his shoulder injury during the offseason. I am excited about that especially since Hayward has looked great out there and still House was better than Hayward at that point- not to mention the way Sam Shields has looked this season. On top of that, I have really liked what i have seen from McMillin at safety. He has had rookie mistakes, but if you remember how good Nick Collins was in his first couple years- McMillin looks better now than Collins did in his first couple years and look how he turned out as a player. So i am excited to see how they all play together.

  11. Kozak October 23, 2012

    The lack of panic expressed here is impressive. I feel better…

  12. icebowl October 23, 2012

    All’s well in Title-town…
    I feel better

    MD will do just fine – As long as there ain’t another “Failed Mary” play in his future….
    Hayward’s the reincarnation of Wood ….

    Go Pack !

  13. nurseratchett October 23, 2012

    Well, fuck. FUCK!