Woodson out for Sunday; Matthews questionableWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ defensive back Charles Woodson was ready to practice yesterday.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ defensive back Charles Woodson was ready to practice yesterday.
But he was held out at the last minute, and coach Mike McCarthy says Woodson will not play on Sunday against the Bears in Chicago. Woodson is trying to get over a broken collarbone suffered two months ago. And team doctor Patrick McKenzie did not believe that Woodson was ready to play yet. McCarthy said he decided to sit out the veteran defender, based on information he received over the past couple of days.
Receiver Jordy Nelson is also expected to miss the Bears’ game with a bad hamstring. Corner Davon House did not take part in yesterday’s workout due to illness. Linebacker Clay Matthews practiced for the first time since early November after hurting a hamstring. And defensive end Mike Neal returned to practice, after hurting a shoulder a week-and-a-half ago.
Some of the Packers played a practical joke on Aaron Rodgers by wearing his Number-12 jersey as they started practice yesterday. It was Rodgers’ Day in Wisconsin, and many state residents wore his jersey to work and school to celebrate the quarterback’s accomplishments on 12-12-of-2012. Tackle T-J Lang said Rodgers got a laugh out of it – and there are not many opportunities for teammates to poke fun at Rodgers because he’s so sensitive. He said the 12-12 day was something that would happen just once in his lifetime – and he appreciated it. He called the state Legislature’s proclamation of Rodgers’ Day a “great honor” – and he said it was happier that it benefited his favorite charity. Fans were urged to give 12-dollars to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer.