Packers lose Charles Woodson for at least 6 weeks

Big blow for the surging as they have lost cornerback/safety Charles Woodson for six weeks to a broken collarbone. The Pack return home this week after three straight on the road and are big favorites vs. Jacksonville.

Woodson broke the collarbone on a third-and-10 play with just under three minutes left in Sunday’s game in St. Louis. On a quick outside throw to receiver Brandon Gibson, Woodson made a diving attempt to knock the ball away and tackled Gibson. He can be seen on the TV broadcast clutching his arm and getting up slowly. He then didn’t return to the game for the Rams’ final possession.

It’s the same collarbone Woodson broke in Super Bowl XLV. Coach Mike McCarthy said that the injury isn’t as severe as the one in the Super Bowl, though it occurred in similar fashion. At this point, Woodson is not going on injured reserve and the Packers are going to see if he can come back before season’s end.

In the meantime, the Packers will carry just 52 players on their active roster. They cannot place Woodson on the injured reserve/designated to return list because they used that spot on RB Cedric Benson after Benson hurt his foot in Week 5 at Indianapolis.

Woodson, 36, the 2009 NFL Defensive Players of the Year, has 55 career interceptions, second-most among active players. This season, he has 38 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks. He’d played 95.9 percent of the Packers’ defensive snaps this season, missing just 21.

Woodson, who moved from cornerback to safety in the Packers’ base defense this year, will be replaced in the starting lineup by either M.D. Jennings or rookie Jerron McMillian. His slot cornerback duties in sub packages could fall to rookie Casey Hayward or second-year pro Davon House, who made his defensive debut on Sunday.

The Packers defense has been decimated by injuries the past few weeks. They were already playing without NT B.J. Raji (ankle), OLB Nick Perry (knee), CB Sam Shields (shin) and ILB D.J. Smith (knee), who was placed on IR last week. McCarthy indicated it’s possible Shields could return to practice at some point this week.

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