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Woodson cleared to play, no word yet on Nelson

Charles Woodson, Daryl Richardson

St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson, left, runs with the ball as Green Bay Packers strong safety Charles Woodson defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)


The Packers got a significant boost for Saturday night’s Wild Card rematch with the Vikings, as defensive back Charles Woodson has been cleared to come back from a broken collarbone.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced that this afternoon, but held off on an update on wide receiver Jordy Nelson until tomorrow, when they’re required to file an injury report.

Woodson hasn’t played since breaking his collarbone in October, and what was originally pegged as a six-week recovery has stretched to 10. But he said last week he hadn’t had any setbacks, just that the doctors were playing it safe with him in advance of the playoffs.