Hamstring pull could cost Clay Matthews preseason

Clay Matthews is expected to miss at least two weeks after suffering a pulled hamstring.

The Green Bay Packers linebacker might not return until the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, speculates Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It’s nothing new for Matthews. The same hamstring was an issue for him last year when it kept him out of the bulk of the offseason program and three preseason games.

The good news is that it wasn’t an issue that impacted him during what was a standout rookie season in Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.

“Could it be related to the last one I had, yeah, but who knows?” Matthews said, per the report. “Maybe it's just a weakness I have or it's the constant repetition of the position I play.

“It's one of those things, it's hard to (know). (It's odd) especially coming off not doing anything to strain it. I've been eating well, drinking well, sleeping well, I guess it's just a freak thing.”

Silverstein reports that based on the way the schedule falls, it’s possible Matthews will be held out of all preseason action. Obviously, the Packers would like to get him some work leading up to the real thing, but for a player with a history of hamstring problems now, why rush it? He had a setback last year trying to come back too soon and Green Bay would be wise to err on the side of caution.

Brad Jones has taken Matthews’ position at outside linebacker in the meantime.

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