Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 8/24/08: #34 OLB, #416/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: FA 2008: Academic All-Pac 10 first-team and named the squad's Co-Lifter of the Year and Co-Special Teams Player of the Year, the third consecutive season he captured that latter award...Underwent hand surgery prior to spring practice, but was fully recovered by the season opener...Played behind Everson Griffen at right defensive tackle for the season's first three games before taking over and starting the final ten contests...Ranked fourth on the team with 56 tackles (28 solos), as he helped the Trojans lead the nation in scoring defense (9.0 ppg) and passing efficiency defense (85.75 rating)...Tied for second on the team with 4.5 sacks for minus 42 yards and ranked third on the team with nine stops for losses of 59 yards, as the Trojans finished fifth nationally in rush defense (87.38 ypg) and second in total defense (221.77 ypg)...Had a pair of pass deflections and blocked his third field goal for his career (vs. Oregon State)...Also caused and recovered a pair of fumbles...2007: 13 GP; 2 GS; 15 Sol-17 TT, 3 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF, 2 BLK; Matthews was a key backup linebacker and special teams player as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 17 tackles, including 3 for losses of 23 yards, plus 2 forced fumbles, 1 deflection and 2 blocked field goals. He won USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award. Suffered broken left thumb against Nebraska, then fractured a metacarpal later in season, then had to have surgery after the bowl game as it did not heal properly...2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 9 Sol-15 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK; A one-time walk-on, Matthews earned a scholarship in the fall of 2006 and served as a reserve linebacker and key special teams player as a sophomore in 2006. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 15 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 9 yards (with a 7-yard sack). Comes from a football family. His father, Clay, was a 4-year (1974-77) letterman linebacker at USC who played on Troy's 1974 national championship team and earned All-American honors in 1977 (he went on to play with the NFL's Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons from 1978 to 1996). His brother, Kyle, lettered at safety on USC's 2003 national championship team. His uncle, Bruce, was a 3-year (1980-82) letterman offensive guard at USC who earned All-American honors in 1982 and then played with the NFL's Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1983 to 2001. His grandfather, Clay Sr., was on the football, wrestling and swimming teams at Georgia Tech in the 1940s and then played in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s.
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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03/03/17 - LB Clay Matthews will not need surgery on his injured shoulder this offseason, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy. The six-time Pro Bowler suffered a separated AC joint in his left shoulder after taking what he called a cheap shot from Eagles guard Allen Barbre in Week 12 on Nov. 28. The 30-yer-old Matthews, who missed four games earlier in the season because of a hamstring injury, recorded a career-low five sacks and 24 tackles in 12 games last season.
12/22/16 - OLB Clay Matthews feels he's close to having full use of his separated left shoulder in game action. The defensive standout has been relegated to a situational role the last two games because of the injury. Matthews expects to play more when the Packers play Minnesota on Saturday. "I think this week will be a step in the right direction. I really do feel good about this week," Matthews said Thursday, a day after he had full work in practice. "Every other week, it's been just about keeping (the shoulder) from reinjuring it and being smart, but I feel like this week with where I'm at mentally … should be a week where I can hopefully do the things that I'm accustomed to doing."
12/21/16 - OLB Clay Matthews went through the full practice Wednesday. Matthews continues to play with a separated left shoulder and should be fine for the Christmas Eve game against Minnesota on Saturday. Matthews, though, has contributed in just a situational role the last two games.
12/15/16 - LB Clay Matthews had limited work in practice Thursday, a day after being a full participant. Matthews plans to keep playing with a separated left shoulder, as he has the last two-plus games in a reduced role. "It's getting better each and every day, each and every week, we do a little bit more," Matthews said Thursday. "We'll see what that means moving forward. I anticipate continuing to come in on the pass-rushing downs and hopefully spelling some of the guys a little bit more." Matthews won't know whether surgery will be needed on the shoulder until he sees a specialist after the season.
12/14/16 - LB Clay Matthews appears to be progressing well as he gets ready to play Sunday at Chicago. The defensive standout has played with a separated left shoulder the last two-plus games. He was limited to 24 snaps as a situational contributor in the rout of the Seahawks last Sunday. Matthews, however, was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday. "I think Clay's probably going to be better this week than he was last week," coach Mike McCarthy said.
12/12/16 - LB Clay Matthews didn't make the start in the win over Seattle on Sunday. The defensive standout instead had a limited role, primarily playing in the team's dime package, as he continues to fight through a separated left shoulder.
12/07/16 - LB Clay Matthews is being held out of practice this week as the team tries to preserve its defensive standout for Sunday's game against the NFC West-leading Seahawks. Matthews managed to play, albeit in a reduced role, in the win over the Houston Texans last Sunday with a separated left shoulder. Matthews expects to play against the Seahawks.
12/05/16 - LB Clay Matthews managed to play in the victory over the Texans on Sunday despite having a separated left shoulder. Matthews made the start at inside linebacker but was rotated in and out of the game. He didn't have any tackles in the game, saying he felt limited because he essentially was playing with one arm.
12/01/16 - LB Clay Matthews managed to get on the field Thursday for some limited activity. Though the speculation is Matthews won't be able to play Sunday against the Texans because of a separated left shoulder, the team isn't ruling him out just yet. Matthews sustained the injury on a blindside block by Eagles OT Allen Barbre in Green Bay's victory at Philadelphia on Monday night but managed to return to the game.
11/30/16 - LB Clay Matthews wouldn't have practiced Wednesday had the team been on the field. Coach Mike McCarthy said Matthews is expected to play Sunday against Houston.
Matthews briefly exited the win at Philadelphia on Monday because of an injury to his left shoulder on an open-field hit from Eagles lineman Allen Barbre. Matthews said he had some pain in the shoulder after the game, adding that the AC joint in the shoulder may have been damaged. More on Matthews' status for this weekend won't be known until the Packers return to the practice field Thursday.