Clay Matthews Reportedly Underwent Surgery for Knee Injury 'Cleanup'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2018

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews underwent a knee procedure considered a "cleanup" following the regular season, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

The Packers can ill-afford a long-term absence from Matthews—who has comprised half of an imposing pass-rushing tandem opposite Nick Perry—although he should be fine by the start of next season. 

The six-time Pro Bowler had a bounce-back year in 2017, registering 44 total tackles and a team-high 8.5 sacks. He is entering the final year of his contract.

Matthews played 62.4 percent of Green Bay's defensive snaps in 2017, a mark that ranks eighth among all Packers defensive players but first among the team's edge-rushers. 

The Packers will hope for more out of Perry and Kyler Fackrell next season, but they need Matthews to be as close to 100 percent as possible.

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