Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews injured his hamstring against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 and was unable to play in the second half. It is an injury fans are getting way too familiar seeing over the past few years. Thankfully, Green Bay’s bye last week helped tremendously in his recovery process.
The good news for the Packers is that Matthews has been cleared to play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Many believed that would be the case after Matthews flat out told the media he expected to suit up, despite the Packers not releasing any official information at the time. It is certainly a great sign to see some confidence come from the dominant pass rusher. Simply put, he would not be telling the media that he is going to play if his leg did not feel up to it.
“I wouldn’t be returning if I had that concern, so I feel good and hopefully it’s a thing of the past,” Matthews said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers do not just need Matthews to suit up. They need an unbelievable effort from the 27-year-old because the Week 5 contest is a must-win game against the Lions. If Green Bay loses then Detroit will have a three-game advantage in the division with 11 games to play.
Considering Matthews leads the team in sacks (two) and forced fumbles (two), it is up to him to lead the charge. Not to mention, he is the defensive leader on the team. He is someone everyone looks to when a big play needs to be made. His endless motor is what drives the rest of the players to continue playing through the pain.
Hopefully, the “Claymaker” can come alive at a time the Packers need him most.