Sam Shields Back And '100%'

Green Bay --- There was a shred of good news on the injury front Wednesday. Two of Green Bay's defensive backs are close to being back. Sam Shields is hoping to return this week from his high ankle sprain and Charles Woodson practiced for the first time since breaking his collarbone Oct. 21.

"One-hundred percent right now," Shields said. "I'm ready to roll."

Both Shields and Woodson officially practiced on a "limited" basis Wednesday. Earlier this week, coach Mike McCarthy indicated that the Packers may be targeting a Dec. 16 return for Woodson at Chicago. Shields sounded eager to return this weekend against Detroit. The third-year cornerback has been sidelined since Oct. 14.

In six games, Shields' tackling -- a problem in 2011 -- was improved as he started at cornerback opposite Tramon Williams. Shields had 18 tackles, one interception and three pass break-ups before the injury at Houston. In his absence, rookie Casey Hayward (five interceptions, 16 pass break-ups) and Davon House (22 tackles, five break-ups) have performed well. House has taken on receivers out wide with Hayward in the slot.

After allowing the most passing yards in league history last season, the Packers rank 17th. They're also fifth in opposing passer rating (76.9)

Shields said he's not worried about who will be playing where when he returns.

"I don't really think about that," Shields said. "They've been doing a hell of a job. All I can do is whatever they tell me to do and be ready -- be ready for that opportunity."

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