This season has pretty much been garbage as far as Clay Matthews is concerned.
Twenty tackles, four sacks and multiple injuries. Lately, Matthews has been rendered useless or right next to it by an injured shoulder.
In two of the last three games, Matthews has failed to register a single statistic. Not even a tackle.
On Thursday, Matthews expressed hope that this week might be different. He says the range of motion in his injured shoulder is returning and suggested that would allow him to do more on the field.
“It’s one of those things where the timetable for this is not really set in stone,” Matthews said. “It’s more so about getting strength and the range of motion back. I felt, despite what the numbers would indicate, especially last week, I felt like I started getting some ability to throw back in there and to kind of let it withstand the rigors of battling with some of those offensive linemen. I’m encouraged about that.”
Matthews also said he’s close to 100 percent, although he is still expected to have surgery once the season ends.
The Packers could certainly use a more effective pass rush from Matthews. Too often this season, the defense hasn’t been able to effectively pressure opposing quarterbacks. The one-sack game against Chicago was a prime example.
That allows opponents to pick apart the Packers’ suspect secondary.
Hopefully a healthier Matthews and the return of Nick Perry can help remedy that.