Charles Woodson cleared to play vs. Vikings

The Green Bay Packers will get back Charles Woodson for Saturday night's wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings, the team officially announced Tuesday.

Woodson has been out since week 7 with a broken collarbone, the same injury he suffered in Super Bowl XLV.

Doctors cleared him to play after it was initially thought he'd be back by week 14, but the team and doctors took a more conservative approach, seeing that this was a repeat injury to the collarbone, and certainly his age became a factor.

The eight time Pro Bowler has been in the league for 14 years.

The veteran isn't quite a game-changer anymore, but does bring a leadership presence on the field, as well as another experienced player to utilize in different packages; and more importantly, he can help out in preventing Adrian Peterson from running wild all over the place.

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