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Woodson May Play Safety in 2012 if Collins Can’t Return

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Packers may ask Charles Woodson to play safety next season if Nick Collins isn’t able to come back to the team after his neck injury.

If Nick Collins is unable to return from a neck injury, Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers might consider asking cornerback Charles Woodson to play safety. But that is not a given because Capers thinks moving Woodson out of a corner position would allow the opposition to take advantage of matchups against Sam Shields, the cornerback who would replace Woodson outside. That’s why, he said, he didn’t strongly consider playing Woodson there instead of Charlie Peprah after Collins was lost for the season.

“Then you have to decide who you put in outside,” Capers said of replacing Woodson at corner. “One thing about Charles out there at corner, people if they’re going to try to run the ball out there, they’re always going to try to crack (on the linebacker) and make that corner try to tackle. It doesn’t take long for people to say, ‘OK, who are we going to make tackle?’ We don’t worry about Charles.”

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