Veteran Packers defensive back Charles Woodson has been cleared for contact and a return to the Packers lineup this weekend in a Wildcard game against the Minnesota Vikings. “There’s no question Woodson brings an element of experience and tackling know-how to a position that has been using a third-year pro (Burnett), a second-year pro (M.D. Jennings) and a rookie (Jerron McMillian),” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But it’s questionable whether he alone can be the difference in limiting Peterson.” Silverstein raises valid concerns, but I think few would argue that he’s at least an upgrade over Jennings at the safety position.
Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements is reportedly a candidate to interview for the Chicago Bears head coaching job now that Lovie Smith has been fired. “Besides Clements, Phil Emery, the Bears’ first-year general manager, will interview special teams coach Keith Armstrong of Atlanta, special teams coach Joe DeCamillis of Dallas, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy of Denver and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan of Tampa Bay,” writes Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel. As McGinn points out, teams cannot prevent assistant coaches from interviewing from head coaching jobs even though Clements was prevented from interviewing for the Bears’ coordinator position in the past. As for if and when Clements will interview, nothing has been reported.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson did not practice on Tuesday, putting his status for Saturday’s playoff game in question. “Nelson missed practice Tuesday with what presumably is the knee injury that he suffered in the fourth quarter Sunday of the Packers’ 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings,” according to the Journal Sentinel. Mike McCarthy declined to comment about Nelson’s injury and status seeing as NFL teams do not have to offer an injury report until Wednesday when he said he’d have more information. The Packers’ wide receiver position is definitely in flux at the moment with the uncertainty of Nelson and Jarrett Boykin and how Randall Cobb and Donald Driver will be used.
Good news comes regarding Randall Cobb. “The Green Bay Packers didn’t have to release an injury report on Tuesday, but Randall Cobb did practice and coach Mike McCarthy “expect(s)” him to play in Saturday night’s playoff game against Minnesota,” writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. It remains to be seen if and how much Cobb shares return duties with Jeremy Ross, but he should play at receiver at the very least on Saturday.
Comments from quarterback Aaron Rodgers appear at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Cheesehead TV’s own Zach Kruse tackles the topic of Antoine Winfield playing on Saturday in his weekly column at JSOnline.
Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf has been hired as a consultant for the San Diego Chargers as they search for a new general manager and head coach.
The Packers have not forced many turnovers lately in their home playoff games at Lambeau Field, notes ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert.
Momentum and the Vikings are topics covered at Packer Report.
Video: WBAY takes a look at playoff ticket sales and the impact of a home playoff game at Lambeau Field…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.