Green Bay Packers star pass rusher Clay Matthews has a hamstring injury, and there is a chance that he won’t play, while FB John Kuhn should be good-to-go for this week’s rivalry tilt against the Detroit Lions following a bye week. According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky, John Kuhn was among those back at practice for the Packers, and he was previously out for a week with a significant hamstring injury that he suffered in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins. However, Kuhn is back to practice, and the Packers solid fullback is fully expected to play and could even get a couple of carries this week with backup James Starks most likely out.
Clay Matthews is also suffering from a hamstring injury, but his status for Week 5’s rivalry matchup with the Lions is less certain. Per Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Clay Matthews was among those Packers players not practicing, and he injured his hamstring in Week 3 against the Bengals. The bye week should have done him some good, but it is a little bit concerning that Matthews isn’t practicing today.
That puts Matthews’s status in a bit more doubt than it was coming into today, but I still anticipate him playing in Week 5. Not only is he a key player set to play in a divisional contest, but Matthews has had an extra week to rest and did state following his injury against the Bengals that he would play in Week 5. I wouldn’t be shocked if he was out, but I would be surprised if we didn’t see the Packers sack-artist out there.
Update: Great news, Clay Matthews was actually a limited participant in practice, per an update from Demovsky.