The Giants offense won’t need to worry about Packers linebacker Clay Matthews wreaking havoc on Eli Manning come Sunday night.
Matthews was ruled out by the Packers on Friday after missing the entire week of practice with the hamstring injury he’s been fighting since the Week Nine victory over the Cardinals. It’s not the first bout of hamstring troubles that Matthews has faced in his career, which is why coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that the team isn’t going to push him back into the lineup any sooner than he’s totally ready.
“We want to make sure when Clay’s back, he’s back for the run,” McCarthy said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The news is a bit better on wide receiver Greg Jennings. His recover from a torn abdominal muscle has progressed to the point that he’s questionable for Sunday. McCarthy said that there would be a meeting with doctors on Saturday to assess whether or not he’ll be able to play. When Jennings does return, the coach said he will be inserted right back into the lineup and expects it to be a seamless transition.
Safety Charles Woodson, cornerback Sam Shields and linebacker Terrell Manning were also ruled out for Week 12.