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52 Clay Matthews OLB
Height/Weight: 6-3/255 | Birthdate: 5/14/1986 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA | Team: Green Bay | College: USC | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 58/38 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Packers LB Clay Matthews not worried about knee soreness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2015) Packers standout linebacker Clay Matthews is claiming to be unconcerned about the soreness he is experiencing in his knee, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Matthews has been sitting out since Aug. 1, but could play next Thursday in the preseason opener against New England.

"This is probably the best I've felt this entire offseason," he said. "I was able to do the entire offseason program, put in my work back home, and just kind of within the first couple practices started having some soreness. ... I think we're just being more precautious and smart than anything else."

The Packers prefer to be safe with Matthews, who has averaged more than 10 sacks a season since joining the NFL in 2009.


Packers' Mike McCarthy wants Matthews to play multiple positions


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Packers coach Mike McCarthy emphasized during organized team activities that outside linebacker Clay Matthews will play multiple positions this season, per the Journal Sentinel.

"Clay Matthews is a great pass rusher. He's going to continue to play as many different positions as we can get out of him," McCarthy said. "We need to utilize him as much as we can. Talked to Clay a couple times early in off-season program and meetings he's been through. He's moving around."

Matthews spent a lot of time playing on the inside of the defense last season and in his exit interviews he said the coaching staff discussed keeping him at multiple spots.

Matthews recorded 61 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles for the Packers last season.


Clay Matthews fine with playing inside for Packers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Clay Matthews is listed by the Packers an outside linebacker, but he spent much of this past season playing on the inside.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers moved Matthews to the inside to help the Packers run defense. After the season, head coach Mike McCarthy said Matthews would be moving back to his position on the outside next year.

Matthews told Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel that the team told him he might be asked to play inside against next season. 

"We had an exit interview at the end of the year where we get to talk to all the coaches on ... the future of the team, the future of yourself," Matthews said. "We talked. Moving forward I see from not only our coach's expectations, but my own expectations (are there) for playing inside."

Matthews is fine with that. 

"I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the change," he told Silverstein. "At the same time, I'm very good at getting after the quarterback off the edge, so I think there's a fine line. So, we'll see. Week in and week out you never knew if I was going to be there 100% of the snaps or only 10."


Report: Clay Matthews fined $22K for illegal hit on Russell Wilson


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/22/2015) The NFL fined Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews $22,050 for his illegal blindside hit on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the NFC Championship Game, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The vicious shot to Wilson's head occurred in the second quarter.

Packers head into Week 17 against the Lions fairly healthy


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Packers cornerback Davon House will miss Sunday's game against the Lions with a shoulder injury. It will be House's third straight game out because of the injury.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf), guards T.J. Lang (ankle) and Josh Sitton (toe) and linebackers Clay Matthews (biceps) and Mike Neal (abdomen) are all listed as probable. Lang, Sitton, Matthews and Neal were all listed as probable on the injury report for Week 16 as well.

The Packers are currently 7 1/2-point favorites against Detroit Sunday.


Packers enter Week 16 relatively healthy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Packers enter Week 16 against Tampa Bay relatively healthy, with six of the eight players on its final injury report deemed probable. Those included running back Eddie Lacy (eye), guard T.J. Lang (ankle), linebacker Clay Matthews (biceps), linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen), linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder) and Josh Sitton guard (toe).

Tackle Bryan Bulaga (concussion) was labeled as questionable, while cornerback Davon House (shoulder) was ruled out.


Clay Matthews among the active players for Packers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The Packers will have linebacker Clay Matthews Week 12 against the Vikings.

Matthews came into the contest listed as probable due to a groin injury. He wasn't expected to miss the game. The club will also have Davon House, T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. All three players were also listed as probable.

Datone Jones, who came into the game listed as questionable, will also attempt to give it a go. 


Packers fairly healthy as they prepare for Vikings


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Packers are in good shape heading into their Week 12 game at Minnesota. Their only ruled-out player is tight end Brandon Bostick (hip).

The questionables are cornerback Jarrett Bush (groin) and linebackers Nick Perry (shoulder) and Jayrone Elliott (hamstring). The probables are guards Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle) and linebacker Clay Matthews (groin).


Packers not worried about Clay Matthews' groin injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Packers are not worried about Clay Matthews' groin injury, according to ESPN.

"Just speaking with him, he doesn't have high concern," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. Matthews was listed as limited on the injury report on Wednesday due to his groin. He injured himself in the fourth quarter against the Lions, and did not play late in the game due to the issue. 


Packers OLB Clay Matthews limited with groin injury


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/19/2014) Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews popped up on the injury report Wednesday with a groin injury. He was limited in practice.

Coach Mike McCarthy told ESPN.com that Matthews "doesn't have high concern" about the injury. Green Bay visits Minnesota on Sunday.


Packers LB Clay Matthews moves inside in Week 10 win vs. Bears


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews spent much of Sunday's game playing inside linebacker in the team's base defensive looks, and he proved up to the challenge, racking up 11 total tackles (nine solo) and a sack in his team's 55-14 smackdown of the Bears in Week 10.

The Packers defense was gashed by the Bears running game in the teams' first meeting, and coach Mike McCarthy responded by putting his best pass rusher on the inside of the defense. The plan worked to perfection, as the Packers managed to rack up four sacks and six quarterback hits while holding Bears running back Matt Forte to 3.2 yards per carry on his 17 rushing attempts.

It's possible the Packers could continue the experiment of playing Matthews at inside linebacker after Sunday's success, and such a move would be a boon for his tackle totals. Green Bay's next challenge comes against the Eagles in Week 11.


Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, Brad Jones get the green light for Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Packers linebackers Clay Matthews (groin), Mike Neal (hip) and Brad Jones (quadriceps) have been ruled active for Thursday night's Week 5 showdown against Minnesota, per the team's official website. However, Jamari Lattimore has been named the starter ahead of Jones, who missed the previous three games with a quadriceps injury.

Packers release injury report for Thursday night game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (groin) has been ruled out for the Thursday night game against Minnesota while linebacker Sam Barrington (hamstring) and defensive tackle Josh Boyd (knee) are doubtful. None of the three has practiced this week.

Listed as probable are linebackers Brad Jones (quad) and Clay Matthews (groin). Both have practiced on a limited basis.


Clay Matthews gets thumbs-up for Sunday action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) As anticipated, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is ready to roll Sunday against the host Bears. He had been listed as probable with a groin ailment and was limited in practice throughout the week.


Packers in good shape for Week 4 battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The Packers are fairly healthy heading into their Sunday clash in Chicago. Only six players dot their Friday injury report and none are worse off than questionable.

That designation has been given to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (knee/groin) and linebacker Brad Jones (quad). Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga (knee), cornerback Davon House (knee) and linebackers Clay Matthews (groin) and Nick Perry (wrist) are all probable.


Clay Matthews not certain of Week 4 status


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/22/2014) Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who sustained a groin injury Sunday, said he's in a wait-and-see mode regarding his status for Week 4 at the Bears.

"Obviously I think it's something I can play with, but you've got to make sure you're operating at a high level," he told ESPN.com. "That will be the biggest obstacle, not obstacle but thing to find out, and I think we'll know more on Wednesday and Thursday."


Clay Matthews questionable to return Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is questionable to return Week 3 against the Lions.

Matthews is dealing with a groin injury. He recorded three tackles before leaving the contest. It's unclear if Matthews will return to action.


Clay Matthews notches sack in Week 2 win vs. Jets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Packers linebacker Clay Matthews recorded five total tackles and a sack in his team's 31-24 win over the Jets in Week 2.

Matthews delivered seven-and-a-half sacks in 11 games last season but was held off the scoreboard in Week 1 against the Seahawks, though he did manage a forced fumble in his team's opening-week loss. He'll look to keep Matthew Stafford uncomfortable in the team's Week 3 battle with the Lions.


Healthy scratches dominate inactive list for Packers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following players will not suit up for the Packers Thursday night against the Chiefs, per ESPN: Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Demetri Goodson, Morgan Burnett, A.J. Hawk, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Brad Jones, David Bakhtiari, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, JC Tretter, Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels, Brandon Bostick, Jordy Nelson and Datone Jones.

Clay Matthews looking to prove his durability


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/16/2014) Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews has played a full season just once, as a rookie in 2009. After missing seven games last year with a fractured thumb and half of another game with a hamstring injury, Matthews is under the gun in 2014.

"He has to show that he can line up and stay healthy," linebackers coach Winston Moss told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Matthews said during OTAs that he's "feeling good."

"It's been a long offseason obviously with the surgeries and the rehab and the physical therapy and all that," he said. 'But it's definitely coming along. ... I don't see there being any hindrance toward the beginning of the season, toward camp. We'll keep getting stronger and hopefully by that time be ready to roll."


Clay Matthews says it's thumbs up for training camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said he's diligently rehabbing his injured thumb, comparing it to a torn ACL rather than a typical bone break. As part of the injury he also had surgery on his forearm, which got damaged when he re-injured the thumb late last season. But he told USA Today that he'll be ready for the start of training camp, though he'll miss offseason workouts. 

Clay Matthews: Thumb injury won't linger


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/25/2014) Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who broke his right thumb twice in 2013, said the injury won't hamper him in 2014.

“It’s been doing well," Matthews said in a radio interview, per ESPN.com. "I’ve been getting physical therapy three times a week. I’ve been able to work out with a few limitations, but from talking with the doctors there shouldn’t be any limitations once next season rolls around.

"It’s just been a pain because obviously you look at it, it’s just a broken thumb. But it’s such an aggravating injury for a pass-rusher, especially in the manner in which I did it twice and having to have it surgically repaired twice, it doesn’t make it for an easy offseason in recovery.” 

Matthews was held to 7.5 sacks in 11 games last season.


Pins removed from Clay Matthews' broken thumb


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/29/2014) Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb last week, reports Fox Sports. "I need to get healthy," Matthews said. "Rehab my thumb and get it back to 100 percent so that way there is no setback starting next season."

Matthews broke the thumb for the second time Week 16. 


Dom Capers set to return as defensive coordinator


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/8/2014) It looks like Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will return for his sixth season. Coach Mike McCarthy twice called Capers an "outstanding football coach" during his season-ending news conference.

Green Bay ranked 25th in yards allowed (372.2), 24th in points allowed (26.8) and 25th in opposing passer rating (95.9). The Packers forced 22 turnovers (11 fumbles, 11 interceptions), well below Capers' 33.3 average in Green Bay, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Green Bay played much of the season without two of its biggest playmakers, linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) and cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring), and the run defense collapsed down the stretch.


Packers DST can't corral Colin Kaepernick


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/5/2014) Depleted by injuries, the Packers DST held up well for the most part against the 49ers in Sunday's playoff loss. But the unit could not contain quarterback Colin Kaepernick's running, dooming Green Bay.

Kaepernick ran seven times for 98 yards, more than half of San Francisco's 167 rushing yards. Green Bay gave up 381 total yards and 23 points.

Cornerback Tramon Williams picked off Kaepernick in the second quarter, his fourth interception this year. Linebackers Nick Perry and Brad Jones and defensive end Mike Daniels all registered sacks.

The Packers DST should be stronger in 2014 assuming top pass rusher Clay Matthews returns healthy from his broken thumb.