The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20 in St. Louis in front of a crowd filled with Packers’ fans. The defense turned in a solid performance as they limited Rams running back Stephen Jackson to 57 rushing yards and quarterback Sam Bradford to 255 passing yards.
Woodson may not have had a hand in St. Louis’ only turnover (a Bradford interception courtesy of rookie Casey Hayward) but he did record five tackles, three of which were solo. It is unknown when exactly Woodson fractured his collarbone but the severity of it is unquestionable. The 36-year-old defensive back never left the game against the Rams at any point and even spoke to the media after the contest had finished.
It will be difficult for the Packers to replace the legend on the field but the team’s philosophy of the next man in line must stand up should hold true. Green Bay is known for their roster depth and the safety/cornerback position is no different.
Even though Woodson will not be on the field contributing, he can still help his team win ball games over the next six weeks. He is known for helping the younger players with their study habits and teaching them how to become better defensive players. There is no question the veteran will be on the sidelines talking to players and giving them pointers over the next few weeks.
Woodson has done a phenomenal job adjusting to the safety position in 2012. In seven games so far this season, he has posted 38 tackles, one and half sacks, one forced fumble, one interception, and defended five passes. After Hayward’s emergence over the last couple weeks, expect the rookie to fill in for Woodson in the slot corner position.
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