When the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears in a key NFC North divisional battle on Sunday, they will apparently still have to do so far less than 100 percent. Not that any team is at full health during Week 15 of the NFL season, but injuries have decimated Green Bay this season. They will still be without a few integral parts this week, but the good news is that they may finally be getting one or two back.
First, the bad news. Cornerback Charles Woodson is still unlikely to suit up against Chicago this week, as doctors have advised against the All-Pro making his return to the field against the Bears. Woodson says he is ready to return, and has done everything he feels is necessary to get himself inserted back into the lineup, but the Packers will likely err on the side of caution and hold him out for at least one more game.
Also unlikely to play this week is wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who has been in and out of the lineup and on and off the field through much of the 2012 season, after having a break out year in 2011. Nelson has struggled with numerous nagging ailments, including a hamstring that will most likely keep him sidelined once again this week.
As for some good news on the injury front for the Packers, linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to make his return on Sunday. He was able to return to practice on Wednesday with his hamstring injury and, if he can prove to the coaches and medical that he is healthy enough to play, Matthews will start against Chicago on Sunday.
The Packers are also expected to get back offensive guard T.J. Lang, who should be well enough to resume his starting role on the offensive line for Green Bay. Lang will hopefully make a difference in terms of protecting Aaron Rodgers, who has been on his back more than his feet as of late, which has clearly impacted the Pack’s offense.