Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/26 -- Clay Matthews, LB, 6-3, 245, Southern California...As tickled as Ted Thompson was to have Raji slide to the Packers early in Round 1, the general manager eagerly wanted Matthews to fill another missing piece in the new defensive scheme. Hence, Thompson mortgaged the rest of Green Bay's first half of the draft -- a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round choices (Nos. 73 and 83) -- to go up to get the all-around playmaker that is Matthews. More than having strong NFL bloodlines, Matthews is a ready-made starter at right outside linebacker with his combination of tenacious run defense, unbridled pass rush off the edge and improving coverage skills. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Clay Matthews News
10/01/14 - OLB Clay Matthews is probable to play Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Matthews, who has been dealing with a groin injury the last two weeks, participated in practice on a full-time basis the last two days. He isn't considered any worse for the wear on a short week after playing 60 percent of the Chicago Bears' snaps in the Packers' 38-17 win Sunday.
09/30/14 - OLB Clay Matthews practiced on a full-time basis Tuesday as the Packers returned to the field following a quick day off after their 38-17 win at the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Even with Green Bay on a short week, Matthews should be good to play Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings. The defensive standout, who sustained a groin injury in Week 3, could be on a snap count Thursday just as he was when he played 60 percent of the snaps against the Bears.
09/29/14 - OLB Clay Matthews made the start but was on a snap count in the Packers' 38-17 win at the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Matthews practiced on a limited basis last week after dropping out of Green Bay's Week 3 loss at the Detroit Lions with a groin injury. Matthews had a big interception return in the third quarter Sunday on a Jay Cutler pass deflected by cornerback Tramon Williams, but Matthews eased up at the end of his 40-yard return into Chicago territory. Matthews will be monitored the next few days with the Packers on a short turnaround before they host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.
09/25/14 - OLB Clay Matthews vowed after practice Thursday that he will be on the field for Sunday's potentially key early-season game at the Chicago Bears. Matthews had limited work in practice for the second straight day as he tries to bounce back from a groin injury that kept him out of the final quarter of the 1-2 Packers' 19-7 loss at the Detroit Lions last Sunday. When asked in passing by a few reporters during a brief appearance in the locker room Thursday about his playing status this weekend, Matthews said, "Yeah, I'll be out there." Matthews, who has just one sack this season, missed both games against the Bears last season because of a broken thumb.
09/24/14 - OLB Clay Matthews was back on the field Wednesday, albeit in limited fashion. By all accounts, Matthews participated in individual position drills as the Packers held their first practice since Matthews missed the final quarter of the 19-7 loss at the Detroit Lions on Sunday because of a groin injury. Head coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't speculate on Matthews' status going forward, including the game Sunday at the Chicago Bears.