McCarren explains why Woodson needs regular season playing time

CREATED Dec 19, 2012

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GREEN BAY - In the minds of many, the return of Charles Woodson to the Green Bay Packers' secondary has been long overdue. 

Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers color commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 reporter Larry McCarren says that if Woodson is healthy enough to play Sunday against Tennessee, he will play.

"One thing Mike McCarthy made clear the other day is, if (Woodson) is ready, he's going," said McCarren on "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"They're not going to put him on the shelf until the playoffs.  If Charles is ready to go, they're going to get him some game reps."

Doctors were to assess Woodson's capability to recover from his injured collarbone on Wednesday and were to continue discerning his ability to play throughout the week.

One question McCarren posed is where the Packers would use Woodson in a secondary that has stepped up in recent weeks.

"They've got to do mixing and matching as far as where Charles fits in," explained McCarren. 

"Casey Hayward has done a fine job (guarding) the slot (receiver).  Will Charles be a conventional safety, down after down, replacing the M.D. Jennings of the world?  Hayward has done a fine job in the slot.  Where they really miss Charles is in blitzing.  Hayward doesn't really have a feel for it.  Woodson certainly does."