Clay Matthews Out, Greg Jennings Questionable for Green Bay Packers vs. Giants

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer INovember 24, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21: Outside linebacker Clay Matthews #52 and strong safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after making a tackle for a loss during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers will be missing some key players again this week when they face the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.

Clay Matthews has been ruled out because of a lingering hamstring injury and will join Charles Woodson and Sam Shields on the sideline, according to ESPN. Woodson is still recovering from a broken collarbone and Shields is dealing with a nagging ankle injury. 

Without Matthews, Green Bay’s defense was still able to hold Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense to only 20 points last week. Another tough task waits in New York, where Eli Manning will look to bounce back after some poor performances. The 26-year-old linebacker has nine sacks in nine games this season, to go along with 31 tackles and a forced fumble.

On offense, the Packers have been without wide receiver Greg Jennings since Sept. 30, but he is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.

Jennings was originally thought to have a groin injury, but it was later discovered that he had a torn abdominal muscle. Jennings underwent successful surgery on Nov. 1 to repair the muscle and was told he’d miss at least two weeks.

The 29-year-old wide receiver was cleared to practice in a limited role Wednesday, although Mike McCarthy said a return Sunday would be a stretch, according to With Green Bay having so much depth at the wide receiver position, they've had little trouble scoring in the absence of their normal No. 1 receiver.

In three games this season, Jennings has 12 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. This will likely mark the first time since 2006 that Jennings has failed to reach 900 receiving yards in a season.