Clay Matthews Injury: Updates on Packers LB's Hamstring and Playing Status

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 6, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 28:  Cecil Shorts III #84 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers during the NFL game at Lambeau Field on October 28, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers are going to be without star linebacker Clay Matthews for “at least a couple weeks”, according to coach Mike McCarthy (via ESPN).

Matthews is reportedly suffering from a hamstring injury, which could limit his incredible effectiveness. He was forced out of Week 9’s contest vs. the Arizona Cardinals after an awkward tackle that seemingly re-aggravated the hamstring—an area that has been troublesome in the past for the fan favorite LB.

UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Packers fans—according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Matthews is active on Sunday:

#Packers Inactives: DB C. Woodson, RB James Starks, LB Terrell Manning, WR Donald Driver, TE D.J. Williams, WR Jordy Nelson, DE C.J. Wilson

— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) December 16, 2012

Against the Chicago Bears in a game with huge divisional implications, having the team's top pass-rusher available is huge news.

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 1:55 p.m. ET by Pete Schauer

According to ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde, there's a good chance Clay Matthews will return to action against the Chicago Bears this Sunday:

Clay Matthews is PROBABLE, Jordy Nelson is OUT for #Packers.

— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 14, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 1:50 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Packers fans—Matthews has returned to practice on Wednesday. From Mike Spofford of the Packers' blog:

LB Clay Matthews returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his hamstring on Nov. 4 vs. Arizona. Matthews has missed the last four games, but it appears he could return to game action this Sunday in Chicago.

With the hated Bears coming up, Matthews return couldn't come too soon.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:34 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

It's not a big surprise to Packers fans, but Clay Matthews will not be in the lineup for the fourth straight week. Associated Press writer Nancy Armour broke the news on Twitter:

Inactives for @packers: Woodson, Starks, Matthews, Manning, Nelson, Neal and Wilson. Not on that list? TJ Lang.

— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) December 10, 2012

Matthews headlines a long list of injuries in what's been a tough season on that front for Green Bay. The Packers control their own destiny in the NFC North, but could certainly use a boost from their top pass rusher and the rest of the inactives as the playoffs approach.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:49 a.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to Duke Bobber of, Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews is officially listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Matthews is one of a few talented defensive players who will be missing on the day. Minnesota is only 1-4 on the road this season, but the offense should feel a little more comfortable without Matthews in the game.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 11:41 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

It's official. Matthews will be inactive for the team's game against Detroit in the next couple of hours. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to fans and the team, as it would have taken a small miracle for Matthews to suit up. Green Bay's official site broke the news:

Starting lineup changes: On defense, #54 Dezman Moses will start in place of #52 Clay Matthews at right outside linebacker. #29 Casey Hayward will start at right cornerback in place of #37 Sam Shields.

If you're in a fantasy football league that uses defensive players, make sure to get him out of your lineup. We'll check back on Matthews again in Week 12.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 2:29 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

As expected, Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews will sit out at least Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, according to Green Bay Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause:


McCarthy: Clay Matthews won't play this week. We'll see about his status next week.

— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) November 14, 2012


With a matchup against the Lions' high-flying passing attack in store, the Packers will certainly be hurting without Matthews' rush ability off the edges. It will be interesting to see whether the surging squad can keep up its top-notch play without the Pro Bowler.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Not surprisingly, Matthews did not practice on Monday according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

For #Packers, Greg Jennings, Neal, Matthews, Woodson, Bulaga all out. Meanwhile, Kuhn, Shields, Nelson were back.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 12, 2012

Given the nature of the injury, I wouldn't be surprised if Matthews missed this week's game against the Detroit Lions.

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Fortunately, the Packers have a bye week approaching before a tough NFC North showdown with the Detroit Lions in the Motor City and a trip to East Rutherford, N.J. to take on the defending champion Giants.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the team shut down their playmaking OLB for at least the Week 11 matchup against the Lions and possibly extend his rest into Week 12.

After a rocky 2-3 start, the Packers have won the past four games and once again look like the team to beat in the NFC. Matthews is a large part of that turnaround, having racked up 31 tackles and nine sacks in the nine games he has participated in. He’s also adept at creating chaos amongst the opposing offensive linemen and forcing the QB into making mistakes that lead to turnovers for an opportunistic defense.

It’s also a defense that needs some rest—just as the rest of the Packers roster does. With an injury list that features players such as Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Cedric Benson, Bryan Bulaga and now Matthews, Green Bay is in dire need of a week to get healthy.

It’s safe to assume Matthews will make a full recovery from this hamstring issue, which seemed to stem from older damage to the area. We expect to see him back on the field in a few weeks, causing havoc in the backfield.

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