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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Charles Woodson returns to practice

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Cornerback Charles Woodson has returned to practice on a limited basis for the Green Bay Packers, another sign he's making progress recovering from a concussion.

Woodson sustained a concussion in Sunday's victory over the Giants. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Woodson's limited participation Wednesday was part of the protocol a player must complete before returning to action.

McCarthy says he expects Woodson to play Sunday against Oakland.

Packers guard Josh Sitton has been ruled out because of a knee injury, and tackle Chad Clifton continues to sit out with hamstring and back issues. The status of inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop is unclear; McCarthy says Hawk is closer to returning than Bishop. Both have calf injuries.

Running back James Starks did not practice because of knee and ankle injuries.