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Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews “Doubtful” to Play Against New York Giants

November 22nd, 2012 at 6:55 AM
By Dan Benton

'Jake Ballard (85), Clay Matthews (52)' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: Although the official injury report won't be released until Friday afternoon, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that linebacker Clay Matthews is "doubtful" to play against the New York Giants on Sunday night.

“I would say Clay is doubtful,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy wouldn't completely rule Matthews out, who hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in week nine against the Arizona Cardinals, but was far from optimistic.

The Packers head coach was much more certain about cornerback Sam Shields, who he ruled out for Sunday's game due to an ankle injury.

“Sam's had a setback, it's going to be a couple of weeks,” McCarthy said. “It's a little more serious injury than we anticipated. It's still his ankle.”

Rookie cornerback Casey Heyward, who has a team high five interceptions, will get the starting nod for Green Bay.

Finally, McCarthy said it would also be a stretch for wide receiver Greg Jennings (abdominal tear) to play against the Giants this weekend, but Jennings felt he has at least a shot after doing some running on Wednesday.

“Today was a big step for me. Whether or not I play this week, that’s yet to be determined. As far as health, I want see how I feel tomorrow and how I respond to things today,” Jennings said. “I’m just trying to get out there as soon as possible. That’s my prognosis. I don’t really have a set timetable. Me personally, I don’t feel like I’m a long shot. Playing it safe, I guess you could say I’m a long shot.”

All told, these are two very injured football teams.


Tags: Clay Matthews, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Sam Shields

11 Responses to “Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews “Doubtful” to Play Against New York Giants”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    Sounds like the Pack will be missing a few pieces Sunday
    Perhaps the stars are beginning to align

  2.  njm0m says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope it’s a great day for everyone.

  3. Dan BentonDan Benton says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!

  4.  James Stoll says:

    Happy wishes to everyone today

    My guest and amateur chef is a redskin fan, so today I am as well
    My son is having a harder time accepting so he instead has offered equal pain to both teams

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Isn’t it a great day to be alive? When you think of the odds we each beat to get onto this earth for whatever life we are so fortunate to lead you really cannot help but be thankful. And then if you’ve been lucky enough to find love and passion then you should be overwhelmed by a thankfulness that has no bounds.

    Now, that includes each and every one of us, because no matter what else has happened, or will happen, in our lives, we have the immense good fortune to feel passionately about the Giants, and that this team that we all care so much about has granted us enough successful seasons (and at least three championships that could be characterized as “against the odds”) that we should be grateful for the pleasures wrought from our “fandom”. No, the Giants won’t be the first, or even the second, thing for which I will feel grateful today. I’ve had way too blessed a life for them to rise to the top of the list. But they will be there, near “top of mind”, and so, too, will be Giants 101 and all of you. So thank you each and every writer, poster, and especially Dan for having seen this thing through to this point. All of you clowns will be in my thoughts today.

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