The Green Bay Packers will be without injured safety Charles Woodson for the seventh straight game when they head to Soldier Field for a divisional showdown with the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
According to head coach Mike McCarthy, Woodson will remain out with a broken collarbone, which he suffered during an Oct. 21 game against the Rams.
McCarthy told reporters that Green Bay’s medical staff has yet to clear Woodson to return, leaving the 15-year veteran “frustrated,” as NFL.com’s Kareem Copeland wrote:
McCarthy said Woodson was ”frustrated” that he won’t be cleared to take part in the latest chapter of the NFL’s oldest rivalry.
“He’s ready to play, but doctors feel we’re going to hold him out of the game,” said McCarthy, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette’s Mike Vandermause.
The news came about an hour after Bears receiver Brandon Marshall called out the Packers’ secondary and sarcastically said of Woodson, “Welcome back, Charles.”
Green Bay’s defense will likely get a boost from another star’s return, however, as McCarthy said that he plans to play linebacker Clay Matthews, who returned to practice on Wednesday after missing six weeks with a hamstring injury. Matthews tallied nine sacks during the Packers’ first nine games this season.