During the week 7 win against the St. Louis Rams, it was the Green Bay Packers who felt a great loss that day, or so they thought. Charles Woodson ,the Packers all-pro hybrid defensive player ended up breaking his collarbone, and many thought the Packers young defense would only suffer from this loss.
Since Woodsons’ injury the Packers secondary and defense has really stepped up their play. The pass defense is ranked 16th overall in the league, which is a big difference from last years 32nd ranked squad. Young defensive backs like M.J. Jennings, Morgan Burnett, Casey Hayward and Sam Shields have stepped up in this time of need an played like veterans. With two games remaining in the 2012 season it doesn’t seem like Woodson is needed, yet.
I think Woodson still needs time to heal, no matter how much he says he’s ready to play. It wouldn’t be smart to have him play in two games where he’s not needed and re-injure his collarbone. It would be great to have a fresh-legged Woodson for the playoff run. This would add another dimension to the Packers defense, which could only get stronger. The playoffs are the time to be at full strength, and I believe the Packers will be at full strength that first matchup, whether it comes with or without a bye week.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Packers secondary can keep the momentum going without Woodson, because we would have a potential situation where the Packers could get rid of him. We all know how GM Ted Thompson likes to cut the veteran in favor of the younger playmaker. This will be something to keep an eye on going forward, but Woodson won’t be needed until January.
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