Clay Matthews makes definite statement about playing Sunday; McCarthy 'optimistic'
Clay Matthews. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An All-Pro Green Bay Packers linebacker says he will play Sunday against the Detroit Lions after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Per the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty:
Clay Matthews says he's definitely playing this week.— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) October 3, 2013
Further reported by Ty Dunne of the Journal Sentinel:
Matthews on returning too soon: "I wouldn’t be returning if I had that concern, so I feel good and hopefully it’s a thing of the past."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 3, 2013
His coach said Matthews "looks good" and possibly has an improved chance of starting Sunday, but would not go so far as to say he's a guaranteed go for the game.
Matthews took in more of practice Thursday than he did Wednesday, according to the Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein:
#Packers practice: Matthews returns, Hayward takes part in some individual drills in pads. Probably just part of the process in his return— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) October 3, 2013
Matthews suffered a hamstring injury in the Packers' 34-30 loss at Cincinnati two weeks ago.
Coach Mike McCarthy gave credence to the believe that he could be available for Sunday's showdown against Detroit after his increased practice time Thursday.
MM:Clay Matthews took his full allotment of reps today #Packers— Jeff Falconio (@Jeff_Falconio) October 3, 2013
Matthews took "full allotment" of reps. Looked good in padded practice. "Optimistic, yes," MM said.— Packer Report (@PackerReport) October 3, 2013
In other injury news which Silverstein referred to, cornerback Casey Hayward has not played a down this season due to his hamstring issue. He has been ruled out for Sunday's game with the Lions.