Charles Woodson, Sam Shields Close to Returning From Injury

By Kevin Van Pelt


The Green Bay Packers have been devastated with injuries this season, but are getting closer to getting a key piece back to their defense. Veteran cornerback Charles Woodson has been sidelined with a collarbone injury since Week 7 and has participated in practice for the first time this week with a possibility of Woodson returning to game-action this week according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

As of late, the Packers have struggled at stopping the run and Woodson is one of the best corners in the league at stopping the run. While he might go back to playing some safety, if he returns this week, expect the Heisman winner to be playing at the nickel corner position and helping the Packers stop the run.

Woodson is a rare player who is great at coverage and at rushing the quarterback. His unique ability makes him sorely missed in the Green Bay lineup and he should have an immediate impact.

More Good news for the Packers defense is that another cornerback, Sam Shields, is also returning to practice this week. The Packers who led the league in interceptions last season at 31, only have 14 so far this season and the lack of turnovers is partly due in fact that Woodson and Shields have missed over half the season so far.

The Packers are in control of the NFC North even without most of their star players on defense which shows how much depth the Packers have on their team. Most people have forgotten by now that the Green Bay’s defense was showing significant progress the first month of the season, even being in the top five in rushing yards allowed. When the injuries started to rack up, stopping the run became a problem. Now with two of their best players coming back, it will be interesting to see of the Packers defense can return back to the form they were in early in the season.


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