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Clay Matthews set to make return for Packers

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The Packers wanted to see how linebacker Clay Matthews managed with a club on his right hand in Thursday’s practice before making a decision about whether or not he’d play against the Eagles this Sunday and it seems that he managed just fine.

Matthews has been listed as probable by the Packers, which puts him on track to play for the first time since October 6. Matthews broke his thumb in that game and had surgery that has kept him out of the last four games.

Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that coach Mike McCarthy said that the team would closely monitor Matthews’ snaps, especially because the no-huddle attack employed by the Eagles makes it difficult to sub on the fly if they feel Matthews needs to come out of the game.

The Packers remain hopeful that they can also get Nick Perry back at linebacker this week, but he’s listed as questionable with the foot injury that’s forced him out in recent weeks. McCarthy said the way he feels on Saturday will be a big factor in whether or not he’s able to be part of a defense that Green Bay will need to carry some extra weight with Aaron Rodgers out of the lineup.

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19 Responses to “Clay Matthews set to make return for Packers”
  1. packmanfan says: Nov 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    Next he’s going to open up a night spot and call it Clay’s Club.

  2. stellarperformance says: Nov 8, 2013 2:20 PM

    I expect Rodgers will be out until the Pittsburgh game. It always takes longer than they think (ie; hope.)

    The “D” will have to be the difference-maker until then…..led by Matthews.

    If they can go at least 3-3 in that span, the Packers should win the division in Chicago, finishing with a 10-6 record. Forget any post-season home games this year.

    They will have a fully healthy squad at that time and ready to take on all comers. That’s the best shot they’ll have.

    Stay Calm and Carry On Pack!

  3. jimboinlimbo says: Nov 8, 2013 2:22 PM

    Can he play quarterback? If not, I’m not sure it matters!

  4. trollsetter says: Nov 8, 2013 2:27 PM

    I bet he’s so proud to be active for that storied 13 championship franchise. This cheeseburger loving babyface will be out a couple more times this year as the Packers fail to secure a wildcard berth.

  5. chawk12thman says: Nov 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    It won’t be him……It will be a big head..

  6. jobo50 says: Nov 8, 2013 3:08 PM

    I think the Eagles win easily Sunday.If Foles has half the game he had last week it should be enough.Eagles run defense is good. Wallace will have to throw the ball to have any success against them.

  7. coachkilla6 says: Nov 8, 2013 3:23 PM

    @stellarperformance

    Explain how a team wins their division and doesn’t get at least 1 postseason home game.

  8. ma5terbla5t3r says: Nov 8, 2013 4:23 PM

    Foles had the perfect fantasy week, but it’s completely out of proportion to his standard performance. Everyone is high on this guy because of one game, but somehow forget that this guy was horrible every other time he’s ever played. I remember Cutler throwing for 2 TDs and running for 2 TDs in a game, then throwing 2 picks and 1 TD in the next. Now…which is more of a standard performance for Cutler?

  9. janvanflac says: Nov 8, 2013 4:54 PM

    ma5terbla5t3r –

    Wrong….Foles had one horrible game, but on the season he has 13 TDs 0 picks 0 fumbles and is 3-1 in games he’s played in. Currently has a 127.4 QB rating.

  10. duece5 says: Nov 8, 2013 4:56 PM

    I love reading packers fans posts…..they really are delirious.

    I just read…”gee, if we can just go 3-3, we have a good shot at winning the division!”

    I assume you missed Seneca Wallace on MNF.

    There is a reason NOBODY wanted him, and the packers pick him late off the unwanted heap. HE IS TERRIBLE. That is fact.

    Accept the fact. Watch the games, get angry, do your daily fantasizing of a shirtless Erin, but come back to earth. Mathews won’t matter, unless he can play QB.

    IT’S over

  11. stellarperformance says: Nov 8, 2013 4:57 PM

    coachkilla6 says:
    Nov 8, 2013 3:23 PM
    @stellarperformance

    Explain how a team wins their division and doesn’t get at least 1 postseason home game.

    ////////////////////////////////

    Oops.

  12. loveseatquarterback says: Nov 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    Wasn’t this guy ridiculous enough already? Now they’ve given him a club! Keep him away from my Vikes.

  13. thepvyharvin says: Nov 8, 2013 5:37 PM

    Like it matters…Lions are winning division. NO playoffs for you Lombardi Losers. That makes you know better than the Vikings this season…DEAL WITH IT!!!

  14. tangysizzl says: Nov 8, 2013 6:39 PM

    I don’t have great expectations for the next 4-6 games or whatever it ends up being but don’t write off the Packers just yet.

    Just because you saw Seneca Wallace come off the bench cold with almost no practice with the starting unit and not having thrown a regular season pass in over a year, doesn’t mean he won’t improve. He will get the Philly game to prove himself and if he fails then im sure Tolzien or maybe Flynn will get the Giants game.

    With Lacy and Starks running like wild men, the QBs won’t have to have huge games to keep it close and win games.

    I can accept the fact that they might be done but im not giving up hope yet. Unlike the Vikings GB still has a chance to make the playoffs however slim it might be. Vikings are destined for a top 10 pick unless they manage to screw that up too.

  15. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 8, 2013 6:39 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Nov 8, 2013 5:37 PM
    Like it matters…Lions are winning division. NO playoffs for you Lombardi Losers. That makes you know better than the Vikings this season…DEAL WITH IT!!!

    —-

    Again, I’m not sure why this makes you so happy.

    If the Packers miss the playoffs, they’ll have a top 20 pick in each round. Adding that many playmakers to what is already a top five NFL squad? We are talking 4 or 5 Super Bowls.

    Are you sure you aren’t a packer can, Contra?

  16. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 8, 2013 7:16 PM

    Fan*

  17. vfan76 says: Nov 8, 2013 11:16 PM

    Who’s Clay Mathews?

  18. dwhitehurst says: Nov 8, 2013 11:55 PM

    tangysizzl says: Nov 8, 2013 6:39 PM

    I can accept the fact that they might be done but im not giving up hope yet. Unlike the Vikings GB still has a chance to make the playoffs however slim it might be. Vikings are destined for a top 10 pick unless they manage to screw that up too.
    —–

    Do not underestimate the Vikings ability…….to screw things up.

  19. duece5 says: Nov 10, 2013 10:18 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Nov 8, 2013 6:39 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Nov 8, 2013 5:37 PM
    Like it matters…Lions are winning division. NO playoffs for you Lombardi Losers. That makes you know better than the Vikings this season…DEAL WITH IT!!!

    —-

    Again, I’m not sure why this makes you so happy.

    If the Packers miss the playoffs, they’ll have a top 20 pick in each round. Adding that many playmakers to what is already a top five NFL squad? We are talking 4 or 5 Super Bowls.

    Are you sure you aren’t a packer can, Contra?

    duece5 says:

    You’ve won 2 Super Bowls over the last 45 years…..get a clue, with arguably one of the best Qbs ever , and ex-Viking-Favre.

    You guys already promised a dynasty when you caught lightening in a bottle in 2010…..how did that turn out??

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