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Clay Matthews | Linebacker | #52

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / GB
Contract: view contract details

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Packers LB Clay Matthews suffered a groin injury in Week 11 against Baltimore.
Matthews suffered the injury early and was ruled out in the second half. It's another blow to a defense that's already missing CB Kevin King. Ahmad Brooks will pick up snaps opposite Nick Perry. Nov 19 - 2:37 PM

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Packers LB Clay Matthews (shoulder) won't require offseason surgery.

Matthews played through his shoulder injury in the second half of last year, but his snaps were scaled back. His health status is good news given the Packers' shortage of linebacker depth. Matthews should be fully healthy for OTAs.
Source: ESPN
Mar 3 - 8:37 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews will continue to "move around" the formation.

Asking about Matthews' position has become an offseason rite of passage for Packers beat writers, and McCarthy appears (rightfully) annoyed by the question. "He can’t line up in one position, we’re not taking advantage of his talents, his skill set," McCarthy said. "We need to continue to do that to create targeting problems for the offense. I don’t know how else to keep saying it." Matthews' ability to stay healthy is a much more important question than his position moving forward. He turns 31 in May.
Source: ESPN
Mar 2 - 8:04 AM

Clay Matthews played 55-of-78 (71%) snaps Week 16 against the Vikings.

After getting in a full week of practice, Matthews played more than 45 percent of the snaps for the first time since Week 11. He was disruptive when on the field, as well, recording a sack, forcing a fumble, and batting down a couple passes. Clearly nearing full health, Matthews should play a key role in the Packers' pivotal matchup against the Lions Sunday night.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 09:41:00 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews (shoulder) is "getting better."

Matthews' snap share jumped up to 44% last week and he was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He should start returning to a full-time role in the near future.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 11:07:00 AM

Clay Matthews could need shoulder surgery after the season.

Nursing his injury, Matthews has played fewer than 30 snaps each of the past two weeks. "Each and every week, we do a little bit more," Matthews said. "We’ll see what that means moving forward. ... As I’ve said in weeks prior, I did a number to it, there’s some damage in there." Matthews plans to visit a specialist as soon as the season is over.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Clay Matthews (shoulder) is active Week 14 against the Seahawks.

Matthews is far less than 100 percent, but he will continue to play through his shoulder injury, although his snaps should be limited. OLB Nick Perry (hand) and ILB Blake Martinez (knee) is out, but ILB Jake Ryan (ankle) will play. Green Bay also declared LB Kyler Fackrell (hamstring), WR Trevor Davis, OT Kyle Murphy, C J.C. Tretter inactive for Week 14.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 02:57:00 PM

Clay Matthews said his shoulder is "a lot better" than last week.

Matthews was limited to 29 snaps which mostly came on passing downs because of the injury last week, but he could play more against the Seahawks after getting in a limited practice Thursday. "Things progressed a lot more than last week," Matthews said. "It’s a lot better than where we were last week so hopefully that’s a positive indicator moving forward." With OLB Nick Perry (hand) expected to sit and ILBs Jake Ryan (ankle) and Blake Martinez (knee) limited, the Packers need as much from Matthews as he can give.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Clay Matthews is expected to keep playing through his shoulder injury.

Matthews was limited to just 29 snaps against the Texans, but the Packers need him with injuries mounting at linebacker. Both Jake Ryan (ankle) and Blake Martinez (knee) are fighting through issues at inside linebacker, and OLB Nick Perry is dealing with a hand injury of his own. Those issues mean Matthews will continue to see sporadic snaps both at inside linebacker and as a situational pass rusher even at far less than 100 percent.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:51:00 AM

Clay Matthews (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 13 against the Texans.

Matthews was limited in Thursday and Friday's practices. He seems likely to play, but there have been instances this year where Matthews has seemed likely to play, then didn't. Streamers of the Packers' D/ST should want him out there.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 03:47:00 PM

Clay Matthews (shoulder) returned to Packers practice on Thursday.

He'll likely be listed as limited, but it's a great sign after coach Mike McCarthy admitted earlier in the week that he was "concerned" about his star linebacker's status. The Pack's injury-ravaged defense desperately needs Matthews to suit up against the Texans.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 04:13:00 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy admitted he's concerned about Clay Matthews' shoulder injury.

Matthews played through the issue on Monday, but had the benefit of adrenaline. Now he has just five days to get ready for the Texans. Notoriously cautious with injuries, the Pack will take things slow with Matthews in practice. He's probably better than 50-50 to play Week 13, but there's a chance he sits.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 06:50:00 PM

Clay Matthews exited Week 12 against the Eagles with a shoulder injury.

Matthews just returned last week from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 7. Early in the first quarter, Matthews was crushed on a backside block from Eagles RT Allen Barbre. He was flat-out laid out and immediately went to the sideline. He tried to return, but was dragging his arm at his side.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 09:20:00 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring) expects to return against the Redskins.

Matthews will also be sticking at outside linebacker, not shifting inside even as the Packers battle a glut of injures in the middle. Matthews could be on a snap count after missing the past three games.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Matthews has not played since Week 7 because of a lingering hamstring injury. Not coincidentally, the Packers have given up 33, 31, and 47 points the last three games. Matthews' return is not going to solve all of their ills, but he will certainly help. This practice puts him on track to play.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:18:00 PM

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