That phantom knee injury that linebacker Clay Matthews suffered shortly after the start of training camp still has him sidelined, but he says it’s nothing serious.
Matthews dropped out after the Green Bay Packers’ second training camp practice and hasn’t practiced since, with what has been vaguely described as knee soreness.
As you may have assumed, the training staff is being overly cautious with the injury.
“You know what, this is probably the best I’ve felt, this entire off-season,” Matthews said. “I was able to do the entire off-season program, put in my work back home, and just kind of within the first couple practices started having some soreness.
“I think we’re just being more precautious and smart than anything else, and I think that’s kind of where we’re at right now. Like I said, it’s nothing serious. I think we’re just being smart, overly cautious, especially with Dr. McKenzie. Hopefully getting back out there real shortly and start getting some reps.”
Matthews isn’t expected to participate in the Family Night practice Saturday evening, but may play when the Packers take on New England in their first preseason game on Thursday.
Hopefully, Matthews is getting his injury stuff out of the way before the regular season starts. The downside to that is, the guy has admitted he doesn’t fully grasp the inside linebacker position yet. This would be the time when he should be brushing up on that.