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Charles Woodson is medically cleared to play for the Packers

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Charles Woodson is medically cleared to play for the Packers
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Charles Woodson has been medically cleared to play for the Green Bay Packers in their Wild Card home game against Minnesota on Saturday night. The 15-year safety and cornerback practiced with the No. 1 defense Tuesday for the first time since he broke his collarbone on Oct. 21 against St. Louis.

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Coach Mike McCarthy says it will help the Packers just to have Woodson playing again. His teammates are fired up about it.

Safety Morgan Burnett says Woodson is excited and ready, and that's getting Burnett excited as well.

Among other things, the Packers hope Woodson can help cut into Adrian Peterson's production. The Vikings running back had 409 yards on the ground in his two games against Green Bay during the regular season, including 199 in the Packers' loss at Minneapolis last Sunday.

McCarthy said his defense might have overplayed Peterson, while falling short in other parts of their run coverage. The coach said Peterson is a dynamic player, but the Packers must focus on themselves.

Meanwhile, receiver Jordy Nelson sat out of Tuesday's practice. McCarthy wouldn't say what the problem was. Nelson hurt a knee in the fourth quarter last Sunday, before returning to make a two-yard touchdown catch.

Bears interested in Packers' offensive coordinator

Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements is one of five candidates who will reportedly be interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in Chicago.

Bears general manager Phil Emery is looking for a replacement to Lovie Smith, who was fired on Monday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Packers have denied permission by other teams to interview at least six current assistants during their contracts over the past few years. But a team cannot stop an interview for a head coaching spot, although the Packers could delay such a move until they're eliminated from the playoffs if they so choose.

The Chicago Tribune says the Bears plan to seek permission from the Packers to interview Clements as soon as possible. The Journal Sentinel said Packers coach Mike McCarthy refused to give the Bears permission to talk to Clements a few years ago, when Chicago was looking for an offensive coordinator.

McCarthy promoted Clements last February from quarterbacks coach to the offensive coordinator spot. The Packers are getting ready to host Minnesota on Saturday night in the Wild Card round.

Holmgren will consider coaching if asked

Former Packers coach Mike Holmgren says he'll consider returning to the sidelines, but only if a team expresses an interest in him.

The 64-year-old Holmgren has moved to Arizona after he left the Cleveland Browns as their team president following a change in ownership. Holmgren said he would listen if anyone's interested, but he won't aggressively pursue any of the seven current head coaching vacancies in the NFL.

Holmgren is refusing to say whether any team has contacted him, or which teams he might consider joining. Holmgren won a Super Bowl with Green Bay in the 1996 season. He later coached Seattle to the league title game.

Reid reported leading candidate for Arizona job

Meanwhile, former Packers' assistant Andy Reid is reported to be the leading candidate for the Arizona job.

Reid was fired on Monday after 14 years as the head man at Philadelphia. Multiple media reports say the Cardinals could hire Reid by the end of the week to replace the fired Ken Whisenhunt, even though Reid has not been interviewed by Arizona yet.

Reid was an assistant for Holmgren for seven years before becoming the Eagles' head coach in 1999.

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