|Woodson Out with Broken Collarbone|
by Bill Huber of PackerReport.com, October 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm ET
Charles Woodson Profile
Charles Woodson will miss approximately six weeks after breaking his collarbone late in Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, coach Mike McCarthy announced on Monday.
It's the same injury as the one he sustained in the Super Bowl, though not as severe, McCarthy said. The Packers have no plan to put Woodson on season-ending injured reserve and are prepared to go a man short on the roster.
"It's a bigger challenge" than dealing with most injuries," McCarthy said, noting Woodson's leadership ability. We're talking about Charles Woodson."
McCarthy said Woodson was "nervous" about the injury after the game. The coach, however, said he was surprised by the news when told during a staff meeting earlier in the day Monday.
At slot cornerback, Casey Hayward will have a bigger role. Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings will share time at safety with Morgan Burnett. Playing young players early was the plan all along, McCarthy said, and that plan will have to pay dividends with so many young players being thrust into larger roles.
"He's a young man that continues to take advantage of his opportunities," McCarthy said of Hayward.