Charles Woodson Injury: Updates on Raiders Safety's Shoulder and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) is helped to the sideline after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. The Bengals won 33-13. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Ben Margot/Associated Press

Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson dislocated his shoulder late in the team's Week 1 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after running into linebacker Malcolm Smith, but was active against the Baltimore Ravens just one week later. 

Woodson displayed a tremendous amount of toughness this week. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com weighed in on a photo of Woodson stretching at practice Wednesday posted by Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Woodson is a boss. He think he’s gonna play RT @Jimmy_Durkin: There's Woodson stretching. No pads/helmet. #Raiders http://t.co/7brbQVxUK1

Rapoport of NFL.com added the veteran campaigned against efforts to keep him out of action for a week or two.

Woodson, 38, has been a vital part of Oakland's secondary, registering 208 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five interceptions in the past two seasons coming into 2015. He notched seven tackles against the Bengals on Sunday.

The eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press is certainly no longer in his prime, but he's been a solid contributor in Oakland and is a vital veteran presence on a young team. 

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