It will Be the Groin for Clay Matthews This Year

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews exited the team’s third preseason game at the start of the team’s second series. We then found he had some sort of phantom injury.

Today, we find out it’s a groin injury. If last season is any indication, this will recur throughout the year. But hey, at least it’s not his hamstring, right?!

Matthews didn’t practice on Tuesday, but the move was termed precautionary.

According to Demovsky: Clay Matthews has tightness in his groin and was held out as a precaution. As Mike McCarthy said, there’s not long-term concern there.

We would love to believe there’s nothing worry about here, but there’s always something to worry about with Matthews. He missed four games in 2016. He missed five in 2013, four in 2012 and one each in 2011 and 2010.

Where are 2014 and 2015? Matthews was playing inside linebacker then.

So get ready for some Kyler Fackrell!

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18 Comments on "It will Be the Groin for Clay Matthews This Year"

  1. disposable h3ro

    When MM says there’s no cause for concern, there’s cause for concern…I guess this is just par for the course for CMIII considering his reign of terror on the injury list. Kyler what the fuck ever your name is will likely continue to shit the proverbial bed along with the rest of our deep and outstanding OLB corps. I guess we will see a shit load of J. Jones playing near the line.

  2. Kato

    Can Josh Jones play outside pass rusher? Lol

    Beigel will likely start the season in the PUP list to the surprise of no one.

    And a Ted Thompson quote from today that everyone will love!
    When asked about whether he invited Brooks simply because he was released by San Francisco or if it had to do with those injuries, Thompson declined to respond: “That’s a question I would never answer. I don’t talk about people that are not on this team.”

    • Empacador

      Ted doesn’t talk about the people that ARE on the team either. Seems to me in the rare instance when Ted gives an interview, he seems to come off rather pissy these days as well.

  3. Gort

    OK – one more time . . .

    CM @ OLB = often injured, overruns plays, loses containment, makes an occasional big play, not as good as he thinks he is = is a liability based on performance.

    CM @ ILB = infrequent injuries, speed is an asset in the confined area and seldom loses contaimnent, makes an occasional big play, makes an occasional big play (said it twice on purpose), better than he thinks he is = is a liability based on the coaches lack of leadership.

    • KILLER

      Well, he compensated for the ILB spot by upping his PEDs. Which he no longer takes at all now possibly. This prevented injuries, helped healing, lent power and speed to do well, etc. He will not be the ILB this year he was in those other years.

      The other problem this D has is the lack of D-linemen. The factors are quality, quantity, and loss.

      QUALITY
      Clark and Lowry are below average starters or above average back-ups. Or maybe average back-ups. Mike Daniels is the best, ironic since so many of his teammates disrespect him. He would be far better off as a 3-technique in a 4-3. His gifts are squandered in GB. The rest are waiver wire people.

      QUANTITY
      Capers often plays only 2 d-linemen in passing situations. Holy crap! You can only field 2 decent ones! That lack of overall size obviously makes for vulnerability vs. the run. Sure, but these are passing situations. Good argument. But over the course of the game the lack of size causes much less wear and tear and tiring on the opposing offensive line. They stay fresh and that makes the D particularly vulnerable in the 4th quarter. Basically Capers aggravates the lack of quality with a lack of quantity as well.

      LOSS
      No, Guion is not a loss. However, Julius Peppers is. Even though he was at OLB he has a d-lineman body, experience, and mentality. He was an extra d-lineman on the field. The 3-4 was a 4-3 when he was on the field. The 2-5 was a 3-4 when he was on the field. Now he and his 7 sacks and his size and athleticism are all gone and without replacement.

      One more point: Last year was Perry’s best year. It will still be his best year ten years from now when he looks back on his career. He will not be making up for Peppers lost sacks and he will be reducing his own most likely. There are many reasons for this prediction but I will save them for another time.

      My overall scientific prediction? The Packer defense will be even worse this year than it was last year.

  4. KILLER

    Some of us wondered if Matthews was still off the PEDs — scared straight by the NFL investigation and in fear of losing his beef jerky contract — or if his poor performance last year, the risk of being cut or irrelevancy had induced him to get back on the juice.

    This injury has us leaning towards “Still off the juice, Bob” as soft tissue injuries, especially hamstrings carrying more weight than a body ever otherwise would have, are trade mark of no longer being on the juice. Matthews still has not lost much weight though — if the roster weights are to be trusted and probably they should not be — so he probably was on the juice through the off season but discontinued with increased testing risk.

    * Yes, I posted this on another article. But, to clarify, the groin is soft tissue as well. I’m sure we could all come up with some crafty comments in that regard but I choose to purposely refrain.

  5. mr

    The mediocre group of CBs are in for a long season without any resemblance of a pass rush. Once again the burden is on the offense to win shootouts. Obviously Arod is the key to everything, but the season will be pretty much over if Bakhtiari gets injured

    • KILLER

      Remember when Bakhtiari got injured in 2015 and MM was sure he’d play in week 17 at home vs. the Vikings?

      Then he did not play.

      So MM put unprepared Josh Sitton (!) at LT thus greatly harming the entire left side of the line…

      Game day Everson Griffen understandably kicked Sitton’s ass to the tune of 5 solo tackles, 3 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, 2 sacks, 5 more QB hits, and a forced fumble recovered by Captain Munnerlyn and returned for a TD — in a game the Vikings won 20-13 to take the division title!

      And then MM claimed he did not care about division titles! Because he’s lost it, it was not important. Of course, if he’d won he’d have bragged about that…..

      As soon as he could while still doing it as maliciously as possible, the vengeful scapegoating MM cut Sitton just before the regular season the following year.

      Ah, good times!

  6. Deepsky

    I think NFL defenses may be changing.

    The Patriots defense lead the league in holding down opponents scoring last year, yet they were ranked only 16th in getting to quarterback. There was no sack master that people feared on their team. It was pressure by committee as 14 players registered a sack on the Patriots.

    What the Patriots did have was a talented secondary.

    Maybe with short passing, the Patriots realized you aren’t going to the QB anyway, so you make up for it with a good secondary.

  7. Dick

    I think Clay’s been baked at temperature his body can’t handle- he’s more like Porcelain Matthews.

    At least the Pay Taker still has his golden hair intact. I’d hate to see him bruise that and miss the playoffs.

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