Clay Matthews out, Greg Jennings questionable for Sunday

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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.

24 responses to “Clay Matthews out, Greg Jennings questionable for Sunday

  1. It will be rough without, but the defense stepped it up without him last week. Would much rather we get Matthews healthy for January football…

    Can’t wait to get Jennings back in the lineup!

  2. GB will have to try to grind out another win as they did last week.

    TT built the team to fit the schemes.

    Thats why I believe they are able to grind it out when injuries amount.

    My biggest concern is the Oline (whereTT has the least depth stocked)vs. the Gmen, it could get ugly if they don’t keep them in check.

  3. I could care less about a first round bye…. it sure didn’t help us last year. The big game is the next one with Chicago. If we win that game, we have a great shot at the Division. Sit these guys until they are 100%.

  4. Matthews is hugely overrated based upon one good season. He’s a sack specialist who isn’t sacking anybody. He had two good games this year. And he is also a linebacker that doesn’t make tackles. So what are you left with? A guy that can be handled with a lineman a little chip by the RB. Green Bay looks very vulnerable.

  5. conormacleod says:Nov 23, 2012 3:54 PM

    Matthews is hugely overrated based upon one good season. He’s a sack specialist who isn’t sacking anybody. He had two good games this year. And he is also a linebacker that doesn’t make tackles. So what are you left with? A guy that can be handled with a lineman a little chip by the RB. Green Bay looks very vulnerable
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    Its obvious by your comment you watch very little football and even fewer Packer games.

  6. Packers had the worst D in the league last year and were still too much for most teams to handle. With an average defense this year, I think GB has a pretty good chance once Jennings is back to start giving the 4 WR look again.
    Maybe this season the formula gets reversed. Giants win in the regular season, and Green Bay wins in the playoffs.

  7. Matthews is not overrated one bit, hence why I breathe easier. Packer fans can dislike it all they want, but if they cannot get pressure on Eli, he will carve them up with Woodson and Shields out.

  8. Lots of jealousy. It’s natural, since the Packers are the best franchise in any sport.

    Keep hating, girls! Your tears taste so good!

  9. Matthews persona is he is one of the best in the league. And he was, for one season. But, his current production makes him overrated. He has never garnered many tackles for a season. And he hasn’t gotten very many sacks his last 7 games. So tell me, how is he NOT currently overrated?! I watch a ton of Packer games. His name was hardly mentioned in October and November. “Great” players do not disappear over the course of two months. He isn’t a bad player, but there are many current players much better than him.

  10. Matthews ranks 231st in tackles and tied for 6th in sacks with 9. Now, the sacks total appears he is an elite sack specialist. However, he only has 3 sacks since September 13. THREE!!! So, we know he is a LB that doesn’t tackle anybody (and never has), and he has made three sacks in the last 9 weeks. Yes, he runs around like crazy with his hair going every which way, but the numbers don’t lie. OVER…RATED!!!

    I will now take rebuttal witnesses…

  11. How about the fact that so much attention is paid to Clay, that others are able to get to the QB. Hence GB being 2nd in the league in sacks. In addition, he drops into covereage more than a lot of rush LB’s. Your turn smart guy.

  12. thetokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 23, 2012 4:18 PM
    Lots of jealousy. It’s natural, since the Packers are the best franchise in any sport.

    Keep hating, girls! Your tears taste so good!
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    I honestly don’t think Giants fans are 1 bit jealous of the Packers franchise. You are not addressing a fan base that has no Lombardis (Lions, Vikings) or just 1 (Bears). Remember, the Giants have hoisted the trophy 4 times…exactly the same number as the packers.

    The Packers are a great franchise, no doubt. Giants fans are equally proud of their team, and rightly so.

  13. getsome636 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:47 PM
    How about the fact that so much attention is paid to Clay, that others are able to get to the QB.
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    21 tackles and 3 sacks in 2 1/2 months, and zero interceptions the whole year, for an “Elite” defensive player, and a guy who drops into coverage a lot? Wow! 6 sacks last year for this “Elite” player? I tell you, the other teams are doing a much better job of containing this “Elite” player than he is doing at his end. I’d probably change the word “Elite” with “Decoy”, because apparently that’s where his real value is. So pick one term to describe him…Decoy or Overrated. Either one fits pretty well.

  14. gcsuk says: Nov 23, 2012 5:32 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 23, 2012 4:18 PM

    “I honestly don’t think Giants fans are 1 bit jealous of the Packers franchise. You are not addressing a fan base that has no Lombardis (Lions, Vikings) or just 1 (Bears). Remember, the Giants have hoisted the trophy 4 times…exactly the same number as the packers.

    The Packers are a great franchise, no doubt. Giants fans are equally proud of their team, and rightly so.”

    The Packer fans I know have tremendous respect for the storied tradition of the Giant franchise. And there is certain level of begrudging respect for the Bears and Lions with their meager championship totals.

  15. I’m a giants fan and seeing people write about clay being overrated is insane. When you watch him play, his imprint is all over the game just like our guy JPP. Sacks are extremely overrated. Jpp gets doubled and chipped all game every game and still finds a way to stop the run and put pressure on the qb all game long. Same with clay. Stats are for the birds. Stats are what guys like Demarcus ware play for and that’s it.

  16. Jpp gets doubled and chipped all game every game and still finds a way to stop the run and put pressure on the qb all game long.
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    Except Matthews has never been about stopping the run or making tackles. Without sacks Matthews value is greatly diminished. Very few tackles, no interceptions in coverage, and now only 3 sacks in 2 1/2 months. Eventually, you have to talk about lack of stats when the guy isn’t producing any. The problem here is obvious. People are simply choosing to believe what they saw two seasons ago, not what is happening today.

  17. gcsuk says:
    Nov 23, 2012 5:32 PM
    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 23, 2012 4:18 PM
    Lots of jealousy. It’s natural, since the Packers are the best franchise in any sport.

    Keep hating, girls! Your tears taste so good!
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    I honestly don’t think Giants fans are 1 bit jealous of the Packers franchise. You are not addressing a fan base that has no Lombardis (Lions, Vikings) or just 1 (Bears). Remember, the Giants have hoisted the trophy 4 times…exactly the same number as the packers.

    The Packers are a great franchise, no doubt. Giants fans are equally proud of their team, and rightly so.

    No disrespect to Giants fans, good sir. ConorMcCrybaby is a vikings fan. Several other posters on this thread are also Vikings fans.

    In actuality, I was mainly addressing conor, who’s team’s season is all but over. Now he just likes to come on Packers posts and try to rile people up. Too bad most of us know that he’s more pathetic than his team, which I didn’t think possible.

  18. ConorMacLoud says “The problem here is obvious.” It is. There’s a reason MacLoud is not a GM. You seem to have an agenda that is not apparent to any NFL scouting personnel. Reality check – your scouting abilities are really poor.

  19. Everyone calling Clay Matthews overrated needs to not have another conversation about football with anything except a vegetable or pet for the rest of their lives. Show me a 34 OLB who gets 10+ sacks and over 100 tackles. Go ahead, ill wait. 3 words were all Clay needed, “It. Is. Time.” Can’t play the run, huh? Whose the best RB in the NFL? Arian Foster? Go back and watch that game for reference on how” bad” Clay is at stopping the run. Clay is one of the best, get over it.

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