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Clay Matthews | Linebacker | #52

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / GB
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Packers declared OLB Clay Matthews, CB Sam Shields, S Morgan Burnett, DE Datone Jones, NT Letroy Guion, QB Joe Callahan, and OT Kyle Murphy inactive for Week 3 against the Lions.
The Packers will be without four starters and an important rotational pass rusher on defense against the Lions. With Detroit also missing DE Ziggy Ansah and WLB DeAndre Levy, this game has shootout potential. Sep 25 - 11:33 AM

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Packers officially ruled out OLB Clay Matthews and S Morgan Burnett for Week 3 against the Lions.

Both Letroy Guion (knee) and Datone Jones (knee) were downgraded to doubtful after being listed as questionable on the initial injury report. With Sam Shields (concussion) also out, the Packers will be without four starters and one important rotational player on defense against the Lions.
Sep 24 - 1:56 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (ankle, hamstring) is questionable for Week 3 against the Lions.

Matthews hasn't practiced yet this week but is hoping to work out Saturday ahead of Sunday's divisional tilt with Detroit, He's looking like a game-time decision. Morgan Burnett (groin), Letroy Guion (knee), Datone Jones (knee) and T.J. Lang (hip) are also questionable for Week 3.
Sep 23 - 4:28 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (ankle) didn't practice on Wednesday.

He was off to the side riding the elliptical. Matthews hurt his ankle early in Sunday's loss to Minnesota and aggravated the injury later in the game. As long as he returns to practice by Friday, Matthews should be fine for Week 3 against Detroit.
Sep 21 - 4:25 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews injured his left ankle in the Packers' Week 2 loss to the Vikings.

Matthews sustained the injury after getting tangled up with teammate Letroy Guion during the first quarter. He returned after getting his ankle taped up but left again in the fourth quarter and did not return. "It's obviously sore now," said Matthews. "Battle through it, hopefully it progresses through the week." This injury shouldn't jeopardize Matthews' status for Week 3, though he might miss some practice time.
Sep 20 - 12:04 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Clay Matthews will continue to play outside linebacker.

There was some speculation Matthews could be moving back inside after the Packers kept just three inside linebackers, but he can be a more impactful player on the outside. After seeing his sack total dip to 6.5 last season, Matthews could put up double-digit takedowns again this year.
Sep 5 - 12:22 PM

The NFL will interview Clay Matthews next month about an Al-Jazeera report that linked Matthews and others to performance enhancing drugs.

The interview will be conducted when Packers camp opens on July 29. Julius Peppers, Mike Neal and James Harrison will be interviewed as well. It's unclear if Peyton Manning, who was also named in the report, will be asked to meet with league officials. Charlie Sly, a former intern at The Guyer Institute in Indiana, connected Matthews and others to PEDs but has since retracted his allegations.
Source: USA Today
Jun 24 - 1:26 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews is getting the "majority" of his snaps at outside linebacker this offseason.

That was the expectation all along, but Matthews is undoubtedly happy it has come to fruition. "As I've continued to say, I think (outside linebacker) is my most natural position, my most impactful position," Matthews said, "and I think we'll see that on a more consistent basis this season." After rushing the passer on less than a third of his snaps last season, Matthews should be allowed to hunt the quarterback much more often this year.
Jun 4 - 8:57 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy wants Clay Matthews to move back to outside linebacker in 2016.

After ILB Sam Barrington went down early in the season with an ankle injury, the Packers were again forced to kick Matthews inside due to a complete lack of depth and experience at the position. Green Bay is paying Matthews to sack the quarterback, but he only amassed 6.5 of them in 2015, his second-lowest single-season total of his career. The Packers will certainly address it this offseason, especially with Julius Peppers getting older and Nick Perry a free agent.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Packers ILB Clay Matthews believes he is improving in pass coverage.

"Whether it's knowing route concepts, knowing where to match up, playing man-to-man...I do think I'm getting better at it," Matthews said. "I'd like to think I can do the job the coaches ask of me." Matthews gave up two touchdown passes over the first eight games, but he has not allowed a single score and given up just one play of more than 20 yards since. Matthews probably was not deserving of the Pro Bowl selection at middle linebacker, but he is certainly showing improvement at his new position.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Clay Matthews did not play a single snap at outside linebacker in the Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

With Sam Barrington (foot) out for the year, Matthews should play almost exclusively in the middle moving forward. The position will limit his ability to get to the quarterback, but it could result in bigger tackle numbers. Matthews has nine tackles through the first two weeks.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 12:43:00 PM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky expects Clay Matthews to spend as much, "if not more," time at inside linebacker than outside this season.

Matthews appears entrenched on the inside in the Packers' base defense. His outside snaps should come when the Pack go with their nickel.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 07:15:00 PM

Packers LB Clay Matthews (knee) has resumed practicing.

Matthews had missed the majority of camp thus far. Matthews figures to be babied through the rest of camp, and could conceivably sit out the preseason. It's not a concern for the seventh-year veteran's Week 1 status.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 01:32:00 PM

Clay Matthews was listed as an outside linebacker on the Packers' first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

Don't read too much into this. Matthews is expected to play both inside and outside linebacker this year. He moved to the inside in 2014 and will likely line up there in base formations while moving to the outside on passing downs. Matthews has sat out most of training camp with an ankle injury but will be ready for the start of the season.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Clay Matthews lined up at inside linebacker as Packers camp opened.

The plan all along has been for Matthews to play inside in base formations and kick outside on pass downs. He's merely a LB3 for IDP purposes. Nick Perry and Julius Peppers are running as the first-team outside linebackers in the base 3-4.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 10:28:00 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Joe Callahan
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1James Starks
2Eddie Lacy
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Davante Adams
3Jeff Janis
4Trevor Davis
WR21Randall Cobb
2Jared Abbrederis
3Ty Montgomery
WR31Davante Adams
TE1Jared Cook
2Richard Rodgers
3Justin Perillo
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
LG1Lane Taylor
2Don Barclay
C1J.C. Tretter
2Corey Linsley
RG1T.J. Lang
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby