Linebacker Clay Matthews didn’t practice with his Green Bay Packers teammates on Monday.
Instead, he watched a bit of practice and then went inside and did some rehab.
Matthews was held out because of an issue with his knee, but coach Mike McCarthy is doing everything to downplay the severity of the injury.
McCarthy labeled the issue as one of “knee soreness.” Matthews reportedly felt something in his knee during the Packers’ first padded practice on Saturday. The team had Sunday off and returned for another padded practice on Monday.
Is there cause for concern?
There’s definitely room for it. There’s no timetable for his return and, if you recall, Matthews also pulled the knee card when he excused himself from the NFC Championship game back in January.
Maybe that’s now just code for “I don’t feel like practicing/playing right now.” Or, maybe he really does have an ongoing issue with his knee.