Matthews participates in part of practice for Packers

The battered Green Bay Packers made a step in the direction of better health today at practice.

Outside linebacker Clay Matthews, arguably the main cog for the defense right now, took part in portions of practice on his injured hamstring, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Meanwhile, all three players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list were in action. Cornerback Al Harris (knee), safety Atari Bigby (ankle) and rookie running back James Starks (hamstring) had regular participation in the fully padded practice.

Right tackle Mark Tauscher (shoulder) and linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder) also practiced. The big news, of course, would be getting Matthews back for Sunday’s meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. Harris would certainly give the secondary a boost too, even if he’s filling in as the nickel cornerback only.

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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