Packers defensive back Charles Woodson still thinks he will be able to play when the playoffs begin. If he does, he won’t have any more regular-season games to break himself back in.
The Packers ruled out Woodson for the ninth straight game since he broke his collarbone on Oct. 21 against St. Louis. Including the bye week, Woodson will have had 10 weeks to heal.
While coach Mike McCarthy was explaining at his news conference that team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie still hasn’t cleared Woodson to return, Woodson insisted during a short interview in the locker room that scans on his broken collarbone look good, and he hasn’t experienced a setback.
“There’s nothing going on, just holding out,” Woodson said. “Everything’s looking good but I just think the longer you can hold it off, then I guess the better it is. So we’re just waiting.”
Woodson, who appeared to do only scout-team work in practice today, said last week that he hoped to play in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Vikings in order to get some work in before the postseason.
When asked today whether he’s going to be able to perform up to his standards in the playoffs without any regular-season work since his injury, Woodson said: “I’m not going to have a choice. There’s no time to come back and play around, you know what I’m saying.”