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News & notes: Clay Matthews remembers his first preseason game

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 8, 2013 – 1:53 pm

For a look at potential playing time and the Packers’ current injury situation heading into Friday night’s preseason opener vs. Arizona, check out today’s feature story (to be posted soon). Here are some other news & notes:

LB Clay Matthews

LB Clay Matthews

Matthews remembers: In a rather lighthearted moment in the locker room after Thursday’s practice, LB Clay Matthews was asked if he remembered his first preseason game.

He did. It was back in 2009, and Matthews had been injured in training camp, so he didn’t take the field for a preseason game until the fourth and final contest, at Tennessee.

“I was going up against that guy,” Matthews said, pointing toward another locker near his now occupied by a new teammate. “Vince Young, like a 12-play drive, no huddle, I was gassed, I didn’t think I was going to make it very long in this league.”

Lacy doubtful: RB Eddie Lacy didn’t practice for a second straight day due to a hamstring injury, making it unlikely he’ll play on Friday night. With RB DuJuan Harris still out, that will leave the running back duties to be shared amongst Alex Green, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin and Angelo Pease.

Like many of the rookies, Franklin claimed he’ll be more excited than nervous when he gets out there.

“It’s football,” he said. “When you’re doing something you love and you have a big opportunity like this, you look forward to something like this.

“The priority is to get better and take advantage of the opportunity.”

Kickers to alternate: Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t delve into specifics, but he said the coaching staff would come up with a plan to rotate or alternate kickers Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio so their competition can continue throughout the preseason.

“Exactly how we’ll alternate the kickers, that hasn’t been finalized, but we’re going to try to keep the competition as far as opportunities as balanced as possible,” McCarthy said.

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