Found October 23, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Losing Charles Woodson for the next six weeks or so is not the devastating injury to the Packers' defense that it would have been in recent years. The broken collarbone Woodson suffered late in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's Week 7 win over the St. Louis Rams will further test the Packers' depth, but it can be overcome. It's not that Woodson isn't still integral to Green Bay's success on defense, but the 36-year-old who recently converted to safety in his 15th NFL season is no longer the game-changing, dynamic threat who was named to eight Pro Bowls and won the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year award. There's no question Woodson is a leader in the Packers' locker room, the most experienced player on defense who all of the young guys look up to. When Woodson won the Heisman Trophy in 1997, several of his current teammates were midway through the grueling life challenge that is second grade. Woodson was a star player who rookies such as cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Jerron McMillian grew up watching as they prepared for their pee-wee football games. This is a player who is not only living on past accomplishments. He's not still in the league simply for a paycheck. He wants a second Super Bowl ring and to add to his legacy with a career that will ultimately land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, Woodson's reputation paints him in a much better light than his current on-field production. He has been relatively invisible this season, not making the big plays that have defined his career. After tying for the NFL lead last season in interceptions in large part due to a propensity for picking off rookie quarterbacks, Woodson has only one interception nearing the midway point of this season. Facing this year's rookie quarterbacks, Seattle's Russell Wilson (Week 3) and Indianapolis' Andrew Luck (Week 5), Woodson came up empty in both games, each of which resulted in a Packers loss. Green Bay's coaching staff acknowledged that Woodson wasn't the same player anymore when it chose to move him to safety during the offseason. A cornerback throughout his first 14 years in the league, Woodson had played safety in some defensive packages last season. But the decision by the Packers that he could no longer consistently cover wide receivers on the outside was the first admission that his incredible career was finally winding down. Even at safety, opposing quarterbacks haven't been afraid to throw near Woodson this season, and they're doing so with success. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Saints quarterback Drew Brees targeted a receiver in Woodson's area seven times in Week 4, completing six of those passes for 72 yards. Against the Colts a week later, Luck completed five of the eight passes thrown toward Woodson for 80 yards. Aside from Woodson's leadership, the Packers will miss his tackling and run-stopping ability near the line of scrimmage. That's where Woodson is still disruptive, ranking third among NFL safeties with 14 stops. Unlike several of his peers at safety who already have double-digit missed tackles this season, Woodson has only three. Woodson has been an every-down player for the Packers this season, playing 486 of the defense's 507 snaps. McMillian has been backing him up in nickel and dime packages where Woodson plays in the slot -- and will assume those responsibilities now. McMillian's best quality seven games into his NFL career is tackling, so Green Bay won't lose much in that department. McMillian and M.D. Jennings will also battle for snaps at the safety position originally occupied by Woodson in the base 3-4. This will also require third-year safety Morgan Burnett, who has been starting alongside Woodson, to take on more of a leadership role in the secondary. Green Bay invested heavily in defensive players in this year's draft, and this will be the first step in an eventual full-time transition to life after Woodson, who signed with the Packers in 2006 and has missed only three regular-season games since. The upcoming performances by Burnett, McMillian, Jennings, Hayward and Davon House will be a sign of whether the team will be able to get by after Woodson retires. It's not that the Packers won't miss Woodson at all over the next six weeks, it's just that his absence is not the problem it once would have been. They'll miss his voice and presence on the field, but Woodson the player, at this point in his career, can be replaced from a production standpoint. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Charles Woodson adds name to injury list for Green Bay Packers

As if the Green Bay Packers needed more injury news, it was announced Monday that Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out six weeks.  This means that the Packers will be without their defensive leader until late in the season, when they are, hopefully, making a playoff push. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy believes that Woodson broke his collarbone on a play with...

Charles Woodson Suffered Broken Collarbone That Will Keep Him Out Six Weeks

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out approximately six weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the severity of the injury Monday, a day after the team's 30-20 win at St. Louis. The 36-year-old Woodson broken his clavicle in the 2011 Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. McCarthy says Woodson is...

Charles Woodson could be done in Green Bay after this season

Tom Silverstain of the Sporting News made a good argument that this could be Charles Woodson’s final season with the Green Bay Packers. Woodson is 36 years old and is … Continue reading »

Breaking News: Packers CB Charles Woodson Out For 6 Weeks With…

Breaking News: Packers CB Charles Woodson Out For 6 Weeks With Injury - Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson will miss 6 weeks due to a broken collarbone that he suffered during Sunday’s 30-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Woodson played the entire game against the Rams except the final defensive series and spoke to media members after the game without revealing he had...

Packers S Woodson out 6 weeks, broken collarbone

Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out approximately six weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the severity of the injury Monday, a day after the team's 30-20 win at St. Louis. The 36-year-old Woodson broke his clavicle in the 2011 Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. McCarthy says Woodson is nervous about his latest injury. The Packers...

Charles Woodson out 6 weeks with a broken collarbone

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Green Bay Packers safety/cornerback Charles Woodson will be out for the next six weeks with a broken collarbone.This is a big loss for the Packers who have struggled at times this season on defense.With Woodson out for six weeks, he likely won’t be back until around week 14.

Woodson Out with Broken Collarbone

Hot News for CB Charles Woodson

Week 8 Pass Defense: Dynamic Duos In Dire Straits

Charles Woodson has been ruled out for six weeks.  That turns an already average pass defense into a relatively poor one.  Although it’s hard to say just how much of an impact this will have when looking at your fantasy teams, Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon owners may want to consider starting them this week.  [...]

Charles Woodson Breaks Collarbone, Out Six Weeks

The Green Bay Packers defense suffered a mighty blow in its victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Packers safety Charles Woodson broke his collarbone during the game against the Rams and FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Woodson will miss at least six weeks. Pacjers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the report of Woodson's injury. This is the first season that Woodson...

Woodson expected to miss six weeks

The injuries continue to mount for the Green Bay Packers. Strong safety Charles Woodson is the latest casualty. As first reported by FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer, Woodson suffered a fractured collarbone in last Sunday's 30-20 victory over St. Louis. The initial diagnosis for Woodson's absence is six weeks, Glazer reported. The Packers already were forced to play...

No blues for the Packers in St. Louis

The Green Bay Packers did Sunday what they usually do when playing in St. Louis: win. The Pack beat the Rams by a score of 30-20 and it really was not even that close. The Packers dominated on both sides of the ball, despite moments defensively where an opposing team with more weapons might have lit the Packers up. More on that later.Woodson's out for extended timeFor now, the...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.