GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Green Bay Packers’ defensive back Charles Woodson is expected to return for the December 16th game at Chicago. The veteran Woodson has missed five games with a broken collarbone. Coach Mike McCarthy says Woodson is itching to play this Sunday night against Detroit at Lambeau Field. But he has not been cleared yet, and more testing needs to be done.
Once he’s ready, the Packers will need to determine how to re-incorporate the 36-year-old Woodson into their defense. Rookies Casey Hayward and Jerron McMillian have filled in admirably, as have second-year pros Davon House and M-D Jennings. Hayward, the Packers’ second-round draft pick this year, has had five interceptions and 15 pass break-ups.
Meanwhile, receiver Jordy Nelson is not expected to play against the Lions. He aggravated a late October hamstring injury while warming up for last Sunday’s Packer home win over Minnesota. He tried playing, but couldn’t make through the opening quarter. McCarthy said he’s not sure how long Nelson will be out – and it’s uncertain whether right tackle T-J Lang will be ready for the Lions’ contest. He hurt an ankle against the Vikings, but McCarthy says the injury is not as serious as Nelson’s.