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Green Bay Packers DB Charles Woodson Has Broken Collarbone; How Will the Defense Respond? Fan’s Take

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Add Charles Woodson to the list of injured Green Bay Packers. Woodson reportedly will miss six weeks because of a broken collarbone that he suffered against the St. Louis Rams on October 21, 2012.

What do the Packers lose with this injury? Through seven games, Woodson had 38 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. The Packers use him as their safety in base defenses. They also use him as a nickelback.

In terms of playing time, the Packers have a plethora of defensive backs who could benefit from this injury. Assuming that Casey Hayward stays as the No. 2 cornerback, then Sam Shields and Davon House should get playing time at nickelback. M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian should see more time alongside Morgan Burnett at safety.

The injury is unfortunate. However, if this injury had to happen, then it couldn't have happened at a better time. From Week 8 through Week 9, the Packers host the Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have the NFL's 26th-ranked pass offense. The Jaguars have the NFL's 32nd-ranked pass offense. Week 10 is the Packers' bye week.

The Jaguars' offense was already bad enough with Blaine Gabbert and Maurice Jones-Drew. Both players were injured in Week 7. Jones-Drew has already been ruled out with a foot injury. Led by Chad Henne and Gabbert, the Jaguars have one of the NFL's worst quarterback situations.

The Cardinals have a talented crop of wide receivers. Larry Fitzgerald is on par with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. What's the difference? Through seven games, the Cardinals' offensive line has allowed 35 sacks. Let's compare that to the St. Louis Rams. They've allowed 21 sacks. Yet, that's enough for third most in the league. The Cardinals are also down to their No. 2 quarterback. There's no guarantee that John Skelton will stay healthy through that disaster.

The Packers shouldn't notice Woodson's absence until mid-November. They come out of their bye week with a road game against the Lions on November 18. The Packers play the New York Giants on November 25. Both teams have solid passing attacks. The Lions game is critical because it's a divisional game.

Is Woodson's injury a blessing-in-disguise? It gives the young defensive backs two home games and a bye week to prepare for competitive NFL offenses.The young players have shown some positives. We'll see how they fare with more playing time.

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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