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Packers’ Matthews and Collins Return to Practice

December 24, 2010

The Green Bay Packers are facing consecutive must-win games in order to make the playoffs. Fortunately for the Green and Gold, outside linebacker Clay Matthews’ injured shin appears to be improving.

For the past two months, the Packers’ plan for treating Matthews’ injury has included resting him during live-action, padded portions of Wednesday and Thursday practices. On Thursday, the second year player out of USC was able to practice in pads for the first time since the final week in October.

Matthews was officially listed as a “limited” participant in practice on the injury report. Limited participation is defined as practicing “less than 100% of a player’s normal repetitions.”

Another player who was listed as “limited” was safety Nick Collins. Collins left Sunday’s loss to the Patriots with a rib injury but vowed to be back against the Giants Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

“I’m going to be ready,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do to strap me down and keep me off the field. I’m going to be out there some way, somehow.”

On Thursday, Collins made good on his promise and returned to Nitschke Field for Packers’ practice.

The Packers’ roster has been ravaged by injury all season, but there are a handful of players the team simply cannot win without; Clay Matthews falls into this category. Nick Collins is not too far behind. Regardless of their individual worth, the team will need both players to be healthy if the Packers plan on playing meaning football in January.

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