From FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer:
Big loss for packers. Charles Woodson broken collarbone out 6 weeks
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 22, 2012
This is actually “big” news in the sense that Woodson is a recognizable player. As I indicated in yesterday’s Gut Reactions, he had been close to invisible through the first seven games of the 2012 season. He has been ineffective rushing the passer and seems incapable of covering receivers or tight ends one on one any more.
While the Packers will obviously be forced to go young with either Jerron McMillian or M.D. Jennings, this will not be the major drop-off some might think it is. With rookie cornerback Casey Heyward playing as well as he is, I would not be surprised if they moved him inside in nickel situations, replacing Woodson in the slot in that personnel grouping.
Woodson suffered the injury during the Packers’ 30-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams. It is the latest injury setback for the Packers’ defense, which played without defensive tackle B.J. Raji and cornerback Sam Shields on Sunday.
There is no preliminary word on this yet, but you have to wonder if this is a re-aggravation of the collarbone injury Woodson suffered in Super Bowl XLV.