So, instead of allowing team doctor Patrick McKenzie to explore what it was that was causing Woodson so much pain the second half of the season last year, he decided to treat his right shoulder the same as he treated his ailing left knee.
During the off-season, Woodson went to Houston as he always does and began rehabbing both injuries with the intent of being ready for the start of training camp. So far, he thinks he did the right thing.
"The knee was fine pretty much a month after the season," Woodson said. "It took the shoulder a little longer, I'd say well into June before it was where I wanted it to be. It feels good right now. I have full range of motion. It's not sore at all. I haven't really hit anybody, but it feels good for the most part."
Woodson said he doesn't know if there are floating bone chips around the shoulder or some other ailment that caused him so much pain he had to play with the harness last year. He only knows that he was able to get back to health without having to go under the knife.
"They said the only way to find out was to actually go in," Woodson said. "I wasn't too thrilled about that. I figured I'd just play with it and if anything comes up with it again, I'll put the harness back on and continue to work."
Woodson gutted it out for all 16 games last season despite the knee injury, which he suffered in the St. Louis game Oct. 8, and the shoulder injury, which appeared after the New England game Nov. 19.
He led the Packers with eight interceptions and also was the team's primary punt returner, fielding 41 kicks for an 8.9-yard average.
During the first two days of practice, Woodson has resumed his role as the primary punt returner and seems set on doing it again despite the risk of injury. So far, coach Mike McCarthy has shown no hesitation in allowing Woodson to field punts, although that could change when the games start.
Courtesy of Tom Silverstein from today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: