The Packers made a prominent defensive change Sunday night, moving LB Clay Matthews from his usual outside spot to the middle. The move seemed to boost a saggy run defense significantly, though it's not yet clear whether shift will become permanent. "It's a little premature to say that I've switched to middle linebacker," Matthews told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after the game. "I think we've shown throughout the years and this season as well, we've got versatility and especially with the addition of (Julius) Peppers and (Nick) Perry getting healthy and Mike Neal continuing to play well, you want to get your playmakers on the field as much as possible." Those 3 names are why you should assume Matthews will play inside a lot more the rest of the way. Green Bay has options on the edges, while ILB has arguably been the defense's weakest position. The move also gives Matthews' IDP profile a big boost by setting him up for a lot more tackles. Go after the star defender on waivers this week if he's available in your league and you're seeking LB help.
Packers OLB Clay Matthews (groin) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. He's a low-level IDP option anyway but is available if he makes sense in your deep league.
Packers OLB Clay Matthews has made his way off the team's injury report for Week 16. That's a bit surprising, as Matthews had previously said he expected his injured shoulder to stay short of 100% for the rest of the year. We'd bet it's still not back to full strength, which makes an already risky IDP option not worth using at this stage of the season. Matthews' presence -- as long as he's close to healthy -- at least enhances the upside of the Packers team D vs. a weak Minnesota offense.
Packers OLB Clay Matthews said Thursday that he might need surgery on the shoulder he injured against the Eagles back in November, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Matthews will continue to play through it but expects it to limit him the rest of the year. "I anticipate continuing to come in on the pass-rushing downs and hopefully spelling some of the guys a little bit more," he said. "But as I’ve said in weeks prior, I did a number to it, there’s some damage in there. It’ll continue to get stronger and better, but unfortunately until the offseason, it’s not getting 100 percent healthy. I’ll continue, I think, to progress health-wise, strength, range of motion, everything, and hopefully that correlates to more playing time.” Already a boom/bust IDP with more bust potential than boom, Matthews doesn't make for a good fantasy option in any format over the next few weeks.
Packers LB Clay Matthews left in the 1st quarter of Monday night's game against the Eagles with a left shoulder injury. Matthews missed just a few plays initially but was clearly inhibited after returning and went to the locker room soon thereafter. His return is questionable.
Update: Matthews did return in the 2nd quarter.
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