GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - The Packers defense will be close to full strength when Green Bay takes on the Chicago Bears.
“I have no reason to believe that they won’t play,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
Woodson, who had a big game with two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Carolina, aggravated a foot injury. Matthews, who recorded his first sack of the season, sustained a quadriceps injury.
“To see Clay out there, that always makes you feel a little bit better,” Capers said.
Pickett, an 11th-year veteran, left the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised foot and didn’t return. He didn’t know when and how the injury occurred but said he played hurt most of the game.
Now, he feels a sense of urgency to play Sunday because the Packers will be without Collins, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, as the Packers try to resolve their leaky pass defense. They have given up a league-high 851 yards through the air after ranking No. 5 against the pass last season.
“We haven’t been playing up to our standard on defense. It’s the bottom line. There’s no excuses. We just haven’t, and we’ve got to get back to playing our style of football.”
Williams, who led the team last season with a career-high nine interceptions, bruised a shoulder in the season opener against New Orleans and didn’t play against Carolina. He said Friday it was the first time he has missed a game at any level in any sport going back to his childhood.
“I could have made the decision to go (last Sunday), but I thought it was best that I stay out. I didn’t want to risk more injury,” said Williams, who revealed he sustained a bruise of a nerve in his shoulder.
Williams said he will wear a protective harness over the shoulder if he plays. He tried it out in practice this week and is eager to get things turned around for the defense.
“It’s hard to watch, especially when things aren’t in synch,” he said.View Entire Story
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