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Matthews back at practice but limited; Hayward ruled out again

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 2, 2013 – 5:04 pm

Packers LB Clay Matthews, who missed the second half of the Week 3 game in Cincinnati due to a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Wednesday but only on a limited basis. His availability for Sunday’s home game against Detroit remains in question.

LB Clay Matthews

LB Clay Matthews

“I think Clay is getting better,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s made a lot of progress since coming off the field in Cincinnati. I’m hopeful he’ll be able to do more tomorrow. That’s the plan.”

Elsewhere on the injury report, CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) has been ruled out for the fourth straight game. Since re-aggravating his hamstring injury in the third preseason game, Hayward has now been out for six weeks.

RB James Starks (knee) is also out and will be sidelined “a couple weeks,” McCarthy said. Also, backup offensive lineman Greg Van Roten sprained a foot in Monday’s practice and will be out multiple weeks.

The other six players on the injury report were full participants in Wednesday’s practice. They included S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), TE Jermichael Finley (concussion), RBs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and Johnathan Franklin (foot) and FB John Kuhn (hamstring).

In speaking to reporters for the first time since his concussion, which occurred on the first offensive series in Cincinnati, Finley called it a “long process” to get medical clearance, but he said he understands the reasons for the protocol and the protection of players’ health. He said it took a couple of days before he felt mostly normal again.

“Jermichael looks good. The bye week has helped him,” McCarthy said. “He looked like Jermichael. He’s in a good place. He practices very hard. It was good to have him back.”

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19 Responses to “Matthews back at practice but limited; Hayward ruled out again”

  1. By OKGOPACK on Oct 2, 2013 | Reply

    Really glad to have all those guys back, but I have a question. What if EDS goes down? Don Barclay at center?

  2. By stormeeatl on Oct 2, 2013 | Reply

    Having Burnett back should be huge in this game, and with Lacy, Franklin and Finley all back, that should make the offense dangerous enough to mute that Detroit D. Getting healthy, getting tougher – GO PACK!!

  3. By iluvmyteam on Oct 2, 2013 | Reply

    I am concerned about this game against the Lions if we do not have Clay in the game. Who will bring the pressure? I hate being pessimistic but I have a bad feeling about this game.

  4. By Rich on Oct 2, 2013 | Reply

    Too bad we still don’t have Hayward back, Tramon Williams has been aweful and Shields is too short to cover Detroit’s big receivers. I am afraid the secondary will be giving up huge yards again this week.

  5. By Grant on Oct 2, 2013 | Reply

    Sam Shields too short to cover big WRs? He covered AJ Green, is Green not big enough for you?

  6. By Scott on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    Starks out a couple more weeks? Wow…another year of this guy being injured. Its time to cut ties with this injury-prone back and move on to those who can stay healthy.. its the same thing with Starks every year. He needs to go!!!

  7. By Joe on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    I agree, Scott! He’s got the flash of greatness, but can’t stay healthy! Might as well bring someone in who is younger and hopefully less injury prone.

  8. By lou on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    This may sound insane but….. Clay Matthews is an outstanding player but when is the time that if he can’t stay on the field is he worth that kind of money

  9. By Rick S. on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    I have a bad feeling about this game. I have a bad feeling about pumpkins too, and they’re everywhere right now.

  10. By immafubared on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    You can’t cut ties with a guy who comes cheap.

  11. By immafubared on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    Realistically I have the Pack at 4-12 this year. They have the 1, its the other three I’m not sure of.

    In case you havent heard, the Vikes rookie number one pick is player of the week and leads the league in kick returns whereas we don’t have a kick returner but our guy who was what a sixth or seventh rounder no one ever heard of is gone.

    The vikes now have 5 guys picked in the first the last two drafts that are key playmakers. You can’t continue to compete against that kind of developing talent with undrafteds and 6th round picks. This year that will be proven. 4-12

  12. By Pacrfan on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    Ya like Ponder worked out really well as a 1st round QB….haha! The Packers are going to win the division just like LY we started out with the same record. It’ll just make us more hungry. Once we get all the components working we are unstoppable!

  13. By PK on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    More of Don “CASPER” defense. Play the over and Lions plus the points. Wonder how long the Offense can tolerate being the only way to win. It has to wear on you !?

  14. By smoken joe on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    Packers go 7-9 pick 15 in NFL Draft

  15. By Dakota on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply


    ill be looking for you when the pack are close to winning the division

  16. By GOPACKGO4596 on Oct 3, 2013 | Reply

    The packers will go 11-5 at worst. There is to much negativity. This smells of 2010 and history repeats itself. They could and should have been 3-0.

  17. By Robert Ossig on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    Matthews back,…GREAT ! But Capers still call D, so expect Reggie Bush and Lions O, to have record setting day . 1-3

  18. By packrfan4 on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    I love idiots. Thankfully, I can come here to find plenty of them.

  19. By robert graham on Oct 6, 2013 | Reply

    What’s with all the negativity? You guys sound like Viking fans. Pack will win the division with a record of 12 and 4 and beat the Seahawks to go to the Super Bowl and lose to the Broncos.

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