Clay Matthews: 'I'm not a dirty player'

Hard-hitting Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews defended his reputation today, his first comments since coming under fire from San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh since his late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"I'm an awesome player," Matthews told reporters. "I'm not a dirty player."

Matthews drew criticism from Harbaugh on Monday.

"That certainly was a cheap shot," Harbaugh said. "Launching, clotheslining to the neck-head area. That was a bad play."

Matthews noted that he isn't known for drawing a lot of fines with a pair of $5,000 infractions for grabbing Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's facemask and wearing the wrong-colored cleats.

He'll probably get fined for his hit on Kaepernick.

"I think my resume's pretty good right now," Matthews said. "I think we're doing all right."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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