Clay Matthews

So it’s armageddon for the season, at least if you ask most Green Bay Packers fans, since Aaron Rodgers went down. But there is some good news. Both Clay Matthews and Nick Perry returned to practice on Wednesday.

Matthews has been out four weeks with a broken thumb and he’ll play with a club on his hand. Perry, meanwhile, hasn’t played in three weeks with a broken foot.

And let’s face it, the Packers’ pass rush — at least the one we saw on Monday night — can use these guys. Or maybe Dom Capers could use a swift kick to the head for his idiotic game plan. One or the other.

Nonetheless, these guys have combined for six sacks — three each — and Matthews has forced two fumbles. Meanwhile, the outside linebackers that have been playing — Mike Neal, Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer — haven’t been able to generate much pressure in their absence.

Both players were limited in practice on Wednesday. Thursday, which will be the first padded practice of the week, will be telling.

“I’m hoping they can go this week,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “When we get into a live practice environment tomorrow, we’ll know more.”

Rodgers and right guard T.J. Lang, who has a concussion, were the only Packers to miss practice on Wednesday.

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