Packers Lose Woodson For 6 Weeks
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GREEN BAY, Wis.-After dealing with weeks of injuries on offense and defense, the Packers were dealt another blow Monday. 15 year veteran and 8 time Pro Bowler Charles Woodson will miss 6 weeks after breaking his collarbone in the fourth quarter against the Rams, the team announced Monday.
"It's a bigger challenge [replacing him], I mean you're talking about Charles Woodson," said Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
"Obviously Charles is a leader. He's been a very productive guy on the field and that's the way you develop into a leader," added Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers. "So I think there's a great deal of respect for him."
"The reality is, we fully expect and plan for the next individuals to step up," said McCarthy.
The injury forces the Packers to continue moving on and guys behind Woodson on the depth chart to continue coming up big.
"It was a terrible thing to hear, you know? One of the best guys on the team and a great leader," said Defensive Lineman C.J. Wilson. "Like coach said, guys have to step up, pull it up and make up for the slack."
And just like in Super Bowl 45, when Woodson broke his collarbone against the Steelers, he will utilize those leadership qualities in other capacities.
"I know he's still going to be there for us, helping us out in the film room and even on the side line," said fellow Safety Morgan Burnett. "He's still going to be there helping us out, just in a different situation."
"We all gotta go out there and take care of our job and not wait for the next man to do our job for us, so we gotta be ready," said Woodson's likely replacement, M.D. Jennings.
The Packers play the Jacksonville Jaguars at home Sunday, followed by the Arizona Cardinals the following week at Lambeau Field. If Woodson is able to return to the lineup in six weeks, he would miss only five games due to the Packers week 10 bye week.