Matthews, Woodson among Packers' nicked defenders

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers defense will be close to full strength when Green Bay takes on the Chicago Bears.

Linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive end Ryan Pickett and cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams participated in Friday's practice and are listed as probable for Sunday's game.

"I have no reason to believe that they won't play," coach Mike McCarthy said.

The lone missing starter is Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, who is out for the season with a neck injury sustained in last week's victory over the Carolina Panthers.

The status of Woodson and Matthews was up in the air until they practiced for the first time, albeit on a limited basis.

Woodson, who had a big game with two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Carolina, aggravated a foot injury. Matthews, who recorded his first sack of the season, sustained a quadriceps injury.

"To see Clay out there, that always makes you feel a little bit better," Capers said.

Pickett, an 11th-year veteran, left the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised foot and didn't return. He didn't know when and how the injury occurred but said he played hurt most of the game.

For a full team-by-team breakdown of the league's latest injury news check out's Injury Report.

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