Clay Matthews Out Two Weeks As Injuries Mount
Speaking with reporters after practice on Monday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stated that linebacker Clay Matthews will miss “at least two weeks” due to a “tweaked” hamstring. Matthews injured the hamstring during the Packers annual Family Night Scrimmage last Saturday. The second year linebacker out of the University of Southern California injured the same hamstring last preseason and missed 20 days.
Clay Matthews is not the only Packer nursing injury. On a day where temperatures in Green Bay soared into the mid-80s, McCarthy ended practice early due to the health of his players rather than the heat. On top of missing the usual PUP suspects: Atari Bigby (ankle), Al Harris (knee), and James Starks (hamstring), the Packers held practice without some other key players today. Missing were safety Will Blackmon (knee), linebacker Brady Poppinga (concussion), linebacker Nick Barnett (knee), and wide receiver Donald Driver (calf). McCarthy told reporters he was “being smart” with Barnett’s injury. And Will Blackmon told Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he “expects to be back at practice on Tuesday or Thursday.” Copeland added that Blackmon “just asked for more time, no new injury or development.”
On a non-injury note, and as pondered by Cheesehead TV, the Packers are officially testing out first-round draft pick Bryan Bulaga at the left guard position. McCarthy said that Bulaga is still the primary backup to left tackle Chad Clifton, but he has “earned a chance to compete for a starting job with Colledge and Barbre.”