Clay Matthews was ineffective in a limited role last week. He didn’t record anything on the stat sheet.
The Green Bay Packers will need that to change if they are to beat the Seattle Seahawks this week. The good news is not only has Matthews returned to limited practice this week, but he says his injured shoulder is improving.
“It definitely has really progressed a lot more than last week,” Matthews said. “Last week, I was just trying to get range of motion back. I didn’t anticipate to lose that much strength in that shoulder. But, yeah, it’s a lot better than where we were last week, so hopefully that’s a positive indicator moving forward.”
The Packers could certainly use a full-strength (or close to) Matthews on Sunday. Not only are they facing a stout opponent, but fellow outside linebacker Nick Perry will be out because of a broken hand.
Inside linebacker Blake Martinez has also missed time because of a knee injury. Matthews has split time between the inside and outside in recent games and even if Martinez comes back, an effective Matthews will be counted on to make up for the absence of Perry.