Clay Matthews ruled out for Sunday

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The Lions won’t have to worry about blocking Clay Matthews this Sunday.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled Matthews out for this weekend’s matchup with Detroit. Matthews hurt his hamstring in the team’s last game, a 31-17 win against the Cardinals in Week Nine. McCarthy said at the time that it would be a couple of weeks before Matthews was healthy enough to return and this is the second week. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports McCarthy said the team knew Matthews would be out and has planned for this game with his absence in mind.

McCarthy said that they’d see what happens next week, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the team proceeds cautiously with Matthews. He’s had hamstring issues earlier in his career with the Packers and the team has seen Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson aggravate a previous injury by returning quicker than may have been prudent this season.

Jennings also won’t play this week, but Nelson sounds set to be in the lineup. McCarthy said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that Nelson has looked like his old self this week and should play on Sunday.

32 responses to “Clay Matthews ruled out for Sunday

  1. Hopefully the Packers can rely on the depth that TT has attempted to stock.They are still going to be missing one of the best on Sunday.

    The silver lining is that MM had the bye week to come up with a plan with Matthews out.

  2. Just to be safe, just to be absolutely sure that hammy is healed, wait till week 13 to let him play again.

    Signed

    Giants Nation

  3. Two points.

    1. They can’t afford to be as cautious at OLB as they can be at WR, they just don’t have the depth — particularly w/ Nick Perry going to IR.

    2. Nelson didn’t re-aggravate anything. Two separate injuries. The second one just happened to happen on the first ball thrown his way after coming back from the first.

  4. Along with Rodgers, Matthews is a player where it’s impossible to say “Next man up” without it being a joke statement. Never the less it is what it is.

  5. 4-5 Lions vs. Packers without Perry, Matthews and Woodson. Playing in a controlled environment of 75 degrees on a fast rug. Rodgers and Nelson on one side, Stafford and Megatron on the other…

    This has all the makings of a old, new-wave NFL shoot-out. As Bart Scott would say, “Can’t Wait”.

  6. dino2997 says:
    Nov 14, 2012 3:24 PM
    Ripe for an upset. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Lions pulled it off.

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    I hate to say this because Im a Packer fan… I think that the upset would be if The Packers won this game… I know Detroit sucks, but I think that there are just to many people down this week.

  7. wttoolman says:Nov 14, 2012 3:48 PM

    Soooooooooo over-rated!! Where was this guy last year??
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    He didn’t have a good year, that happens.

    They also didn’t generate much of a pass rush outside of Matthews when he was getting double teamed. Thats deffinetly not the case so far this season.

  8. This is coming from myself, probably the biggest Lions fan in the world, but some of you are knocking Clay Mathews. Let me tell you, hes a heck of a lot better than our linebackers.

  9. Funny, Mathews, Woodson, Williams, Nelson, Rodgers, Jennings, Raji didn’t play last year in the last game against Detroit.

    How did that turn out Lions fans?

  10. Week 17 last year…..I think the packers sat the entire team and started the practice squad and won. A game the lions had a reason to win. That being said a Detroit win if an upset wouldn’t be that big of one

  11. lks311 says:
    Nov 14, 2012 3:46 PM
    4-5 Lions vs. Packers without Perry, Matthews and Woodson. Playing in a controlled environment of 75 degrees on a fast rug. Rodgers and Nelson on one side, Stafford and Megatron on the other…

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    Lions without Best, Delmas, Houston, Spivey, Burleson, Bentley, Lacey, Corey Williams, etc.

  12. The Packers better win this game. Lions fans have been pretty quiet this year, which is a welcome change to last year. A win over Green Bay might bring them back out of the woodwork and start them yapping again, and I don’t know if anybody really wants that.

  13. spawnsacs says:
    Nov 14, 2012 4:21 PM
    Funny, Mathews, Woodson, Williams, Nelson, Rodgers, Jennings, Raji didn’t play last year in the last game against Detroit.

    How did that turn out Lions fans?
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    You realize the Lions were playing with less starters than the Packers in that game, yes?

  14. spawnsacs says:
    Nov 14, 2012 4:21 PM
    Funny, Mathews, Woodson, Williams, Nelson, Rodgers, Jennings, Raji didn’t play last year in the last game against Detroit.

    How did that turn out Lions fans?
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    You realize the Lions were playing with less starters than the Packers in that game, yes?

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    The big difference was 7 out of our top 10 players didn’t play. The Lion’s were depleted as well but not like the Packers. Bottom line is Stafford should have been able to beat us with our top 4 defensive players out and a backup quarterback lead offense without our #1 WR.

  15. Come on McCarthy, sit Nelson for one more week. Really, it doesn’t matter who is injured for the Pack, the Lions let Ponder have his way with them, what do you think Rodgers is going to do. That D line needs to start earning its pay and all of the hype they get.

  16. bougin89 says:
    Nov 14, 2012 6:59 PM

    The big difference was 7 out of our top 10 players didn’t play. The Lion’s were depleted as well but not like the Packers. Bottom line is Stafford should have been able to beat us with our top 4 defensive players out and a backup quarterback lead offense without our #1 WR.
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    Stafford did (do enough to) beat you. It was the Defense that lost.

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