'Approximately' six weeks for Woodson

CHICAGO -- Greetings from a warm (64 degrees!) but rainy Soldier Field. An adventurous drive downtown is complete, and now it's almost time to turn our full attention to the Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears matchup.

But first, let's circle back on Charles Woodson's left collarbone injury now that Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has confirmed it. McCarthy said Woodson will need "approximately" six weeks to recover from an injury he termed "not as significant" as the one Woodson suffered in Super Bowl XLV.

That timetable suggests Woodson will miss at least five games and wouldn't be ready to play any earlier than a Week 13 game against the Minnesota Vikings. That game marks the first of a stretch in which the Packers will play three consecutive NFC North games and four of five.

McCarthy also acknowledged what we discussed earlier: That it's difficult to fall back on a "next-man-up" mentality when such an important player is injured.

"It's a bigger challenge," McCarthy said. "We're talking about Charles Woodson. This has been a hard couple weeks for us."