Packers linebacker Clay Matthews isn’t happy with a former teammate, who he thinks is to blame for his shoulder injury.
Matthews was upset about what he felt was a “cheap shot” block by Eagles right tackle and his former Packers teammate Allen Barbre. Barbre cleared Matthews out with a blindside block on an end around in the first quarter, and Matthews clearly wasn’t pleased.
“I wasn’t a fan of it,” Matthews said of the block, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I mean, I’ve got a lot more to say about it, but I’m going to say it behind closed doors. It was a cheap shot, but it is what it is. I hate it.
“Unfortunately, I landed on my shoulder, and that’s kind of what I’ve been dealing with since.”
Barbre wasn’t penalized and Matthews said he didn’t know if it was legal, but that didn’t seem to matter to him.
“I don’t know. They didn’t throw a flag probably because I wasn’t a quarterback,” Matthews said. “I know all about that.”
They’re hoping he’s able to return this week to play the Texans, and they need him. He had to shift to inside linebacker because of injuries to Blake Martinez and Jake Ryan, and was only able to return to the game because of a pain-killing injection. They had to use safety Morgan Burnett at the position while he was getting treatment.
“I’m in some pain, no doubt about it,” Matthews said. “There’s some swelling [and] bruising, but we got an X-ray and nothing’s broken so that’s good. So we’ll see moving forward the progress I make going into this game. That’s ultimately the goal, but we’ve got some work to.”
Perhaps as a result of all the injuries, the Packers didn’t hold practice Wednesday. Coach Mike McCarthy said it was built into the plan with a short week and having played back-to-back night games.