We were just talking about lack of depth at the outside linebacker position earlier today. The Green Bay Packers are supposedly interested in outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday.
Well, lo and behold!
The two guys we were talking about being perpetually injured — Clay Matthews and Nick Perry — are injured. So are Jayrone Elliott and Vince Biegel.
That leaves the Packers with 2016 third-round pick Kyler Fackrell, a guy who has underperformed, Reggie Gilbert, a former undrafted free agent who has been pretty solid, and some guys.
Can you imagine the Packers starting Fackrell and Gilbert at outside linebacker in week 1 against Seattle?
So what the hell is Matthews’ problem now?
I think his problem is he plays football. His body doesn’t like him playing football.
If you wanted to throw down a wager on this as-of-yet undisclosed injury, you’d most certainly bet on the hamstring. Clay Matthews is a goddam walking hamstring injury.
He managed to play one serious and a play on Saturday night in Denver before being replaced by Elliott. Then Elliott got injured.
Oh, and Perry too.
The thing is, the big loss isn’t even Matthews. It’s Perry, who is the Packers’ best run defender and now their best pass rusher.
His 11 sacks led the team in 2016. Matthews hasn’t had double-digit sacks since 2014.
That said, the Packers’ pass rush is certainly better with a Clay Matthews on the field over a Kyler Fackrell or Jayrone Elliott.