Charles Woodson, Larry Fitzgerald, Packers at Cardinals
Green Bay Packers' Charles Woodson (21) returns an interception for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald (11) tries to chase him down in the second quarter.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If Charles Woodson's case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year needed more supporting evidence, he provided it Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers cornerback posted his third interception return for a touchdown of the season in a 33-7 lambasting of the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

It was his seventh score on an interception in his four seasons in Green Bay, tying him with Hall of Famer Herb Adderley for first on the franchise's all-time list, and his eighth defensive touchdown with the Packers, breaking the club record.

But all of that wasn't the big news when it came to Woodson's day.

He re-injured his right shoulder -- a problem that's bothered him for most of the season -- late in the second quarter on the series after his touchdown. Woodson quickly left the locker room after the game, but said he could have kept playing if necessary.

"Anytime one of your players goes down and doesn't get up, it definitely buckles your knees and it was no different for Charles," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "But just when he was walking off, he told me right then that he (was OK). He said, ‘I'll be fine.' So I wasn't concerned after that."

Woodson watched in street clothes during the second half of the game, leaving Tramon Williams and Jarrett Bush as the top two cornerbacks and rookie Brandon Underwood as the third cornerback in the team's nickel package. But Woodson told his teammates he was fine and has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to play through injuries since signing with the Packers in 2006.

"If he wasn't moving, it would've been a little scary," Bush said. "But we knew he was OK. He almost got up, then we told him to get back down and get a timeout."

While the injury gave the Packers a scare, Woodson provided one of the more impressive highlights of the blowout win moments earlier.

After stepping in front of Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to pick off backup quarterback Matt Leinart's throw, he followed a convoy down the sideline, getting a key block from Bush before diving into the end zone.

It wasn't the first huge play Woodson has made this season.

"I'm sure there are a lot of excellent candidates out there for the defensive MVP, but I don't know how he does not win the award," McCarthy said. "His teammates are chanting 'MVP' every day at practice and he goes out and does it every Sunday. He went out and played at a high level again today. He's had a tremendous year. He's a complete football player."

 

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