Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson, who returned to Oakland this season after seven years with the Green Bay Packers that included a Super Bowl victory after the 2010 season, says his former team should shut injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers down for the season.
Rodgers broke his collarbone last month and has been practicing this week. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the team hasn’t considered putting Rodgers on injured reserve, but Woodson told the NFL Network they should. (h/t ESPN.com)
“With having a guy that you’re going to pay over $100 million, [if] you’re out of the playoffs, I would shut him down,” Woodson said. “I know Aaron and if he’s healthy I think depends on what his scans are telling him. I know he’s kicking and scratching trying to get back in the game. But having your franchise guy go out there and there is no chance at making the playoffs and you’re not really sure what’s going on with that shoulder [is a mistake].”
Woodson has 71 tackles and an interception, along with a fumble return for a touchdown, in his first season back in the Bay Area since 2005. He’s started all 12 games at free safety for the Raiders after playing cornerback the first 14 years of his career.
In nine years with Oakland, Woodson has 18 interceptions and has scored three touchdowns on returns. He was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders and made four more trips as a Packer. He is second among active players and 17th all-time with 56 interceptions in his career and trails only Hall of Famer Rod Woodson all-time with 11 interception returns for touchdowns. Rod Woodson had 12 pick sixes and Darren Sharper is tied for second all-time with 11.