Clay Matthews Injury: Updates on Packers LB's Hamstring
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews exited the team's Week 3 road game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a hamstring injury.
Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com was first to report the superstar's return was questionable:
Clay Matthews has a hamstring injury and his return is questionable, per #Packers.— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) September 22, 2013
Matthews did not return to the game. Following the Week 4 bye, he will play in Week 5.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
Clay Matthews is active for Week 5, according to the Green Bay Packers.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
From Mike Vandermause of The Green Bay Press-Gazette:
#Packers injury report: Burnett probable; Bush probable; Finley probable; Franklin probable; Kuhn probable; Lacy probable; Matthews probable— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) October 4, 2013
From the Packers' official Twitter feed:
McCarthy-Everything looks good with Clay Matthews. I full expect him to play. #Packers— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 4, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3
From Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
#Packers list Clay Matthews as a full participant in practice.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 3, 2013
McCarthy: Clay Matthews took his full allotment of reps. Looked good.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 3, 2013
McCarthy added that he's optimistic about Matthews.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 3, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3
ESPN's Rob Demovsky confirms Clay Matthews (hamstring) is not guaranteed to play Sunday after missing Wednesday's practice:
Less certain was the status of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who was not present during the portion of Wednesday's practice that was open to the media but was listed as a limited participant in practice, meaning he took part in at least some drills.
He missed four games last season because of the same injury.
However, indications were that this injury was not as serious.
Demovsky then passed along a statement from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy discussing Matthews' availability for Thursday's practice:
"I think Clay is better," coach Mike McCarthy said after Wednesday's practice. "He's made a lot of progress since coming off the field in Cincinnati. I'm hopeful that he'll be able to do more tomorrow. That's the plan."
After the game, Matthews said that his inability to return was a precautionary measure (via Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette).
“I’ll be good. I think today was more of a preventive measure than anything,” said Matthews, who missed four games last year due to his hamstring. “I felt like I could go back out there, but we have to be smart, especially going into a bye week. I don’t see myself missing any time. We have Detroit coming back and I’ll be out there.”
Matthews had recorded two tackles, including one sack of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, before leaving the contest in Paul Brown Stadium.
Entering Week 3, the Packers' defense had yielded an average of 24 points per game on the young 2013 season, and the team was mired in a 14-0 hole early on. However, Green Bay has shored up its 31st-ranked pass defense, limiting Dalton to just over 100 yards and an interception through roughly two-and-a-half quarters.
It has resulted in the Packers putting up 30 unanswered points, so Matthews may be held out for the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.
The Packers wound up losing 34-30, so Matthews' absence certainly seemed to make a big difference down the stretch.
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