Charles Woodson Cleared to Return
The elder statesmen of the Packers secondary is back.
Mike McCarthy announced Tuesday, Charles Woodson's broken collarbone has progressed enough to where he could play this Saturday against the Vikings.
The injury cost Woodson to miss 9 games. He suffered the injury on October 21th against the St. Louis Rams.
"Having Charles Woodson back on the field helps our football team," said McCarthy. "Just what he's meant to our defense and his play making ability."
Woodson's largest contribution on Wildcard Weekend could be his ability to stuff the run. The Packers welcome Adrian Peterson to Lambeau Field, who has gashed their defense for 409 yards in two games this season.
"His ability to make plays around the line of scrimmage. He's very productive. I'm just glad to have him back on the field," said McCarthy.
"It's gonna help out. Any help we can get," laughed safety Morgan Burnett. "We got a full team, we can roll."
Burnett said Woodson's presence could provide an extra lift for the Packers secondary.
"That's one of the leaders on our team. Charles Woodson is a play maker," Burnett said. "He's going to bring energy out there. Just seeing him moving around excited in the weight room, that makes you excited as a player to go out on the field of battle with him."
The Packers loss to the Vikings in week 17 snapped a 12 game regular season winning streak against NFC North opponents. Kickoff for this weekend is 7pm on NBC26.